Insect-ravaged ash trees removed

By on May 28, 2010

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Any local ash tree that currently is healthy in the village probably will not remain so because of the increasing presence of the emerald ash borer, Elburn Public Works Superintendent John Nevenhoven said.

“It’s pushing its way (west) through Kane County,” he said.

Elburn Public Works Department employees so far this year have removed 35 ash trees from parkways in the village, because they were infested with the emerald ash borer.

This is the time of year when adult emerald ash borers start to fly to find egg-laying sites, according to the University of Illinois Extension office. The small metallic-green insect lays eggs in the bark of the tree. When the borer hatches, it tunnels under the bark and starts feeding on the sapwood of the tree, causing leaves to thin and yellow and limbs to eventually die.

Nevenhoven said during Monday’s Elburn Committee of the Whole meeting that he is preparing a report about replacement trees that will be planted in the village as the municipal budget permits.