The Emerald Ash Borer is a tiny metallic green beetle that has invaded the Northeast. Scientists at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station report that it was found in Connecticut in 2012. Assistant Tree Wardens Nick Lee and Lars Cherichetti confirm that the beetle is now in Wilton.
This discovery means that the ash tree will quite likely be a thing of the past in the entire region. Once the EAB is present, most ash trees die within 4-5 years. The beetle has killed ash trees from Michigan to Massachusetts. All species of ashes that grow in North American are believed susceptible to attack. The loss will equal the loss from the chestnut blight and the Dutch elm disease combined.