Ash borer quarantine spreads in Hamilton County region

photo Male emerald ash borer

HOW TO SPOTAdult emerald ash boreres are dark green, about a half-inch long and an eighth of an inch wide. The tiny larvae stay beneath the bark of ash trees until they emerge as adults, leaving D-shaped holes in the bark behind them.ABOUT THE BORERS• The insects came to the United States from Asia in the 1990s.• Presently they are found in 24 states and parts of Canada.• The first Tennessee spotting was in Knox County in 2010.• Hamilton County was quarantined in July of 2013 when emerald ash borers were found by Gene Hyde, urban forester for the city of Chattanooga.Source: