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State wants eyes on invasive forest pests this month


Contributed: Debbi Miller, USDA Forest Service

NEW FACE: The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is making itself too much at home in area back yards. The insects are highly invasive and dangerous to forests.

Four state agencies and a university are asking residents to check trees in their yards for harmful bugs as part of the national Tree Check Month in August.

August is the peak time of year to find invasive bugs like Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer and other aggressive wood-boring insects.

"Invasive insects can destroy Washington's forests." said Justin Bush, executive coordinator of the Washington Invasive Species Council. "In Washington, more than 22 million acres of forests are at risk from invasive insects and disease. We need everyone's assistance to prevent these damages in Washington State."

The Washington Invasive Species Council, Washington State Department of Agricultu...

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