OLATHE, Kan — The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s July 15 confirmation that the destructive beetle called the emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis, has been found in Johnson County has caused a lot of concern and confusion amongst area homeowners. Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is offering the free class It’s Here! Emerald Ash Borer – Now What?, Thursday, Sept. 19 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Extension office, 11811 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe.
Since its first detection in Michigan in 2002, emerald ash borer (EAB), a wood boring insect, has killed millions of ash trees in the native woodlands and suburban streets within its path. Green and white ash have long been popular street trees. During the class, Dennis Patton, Extension horticulture agent, will discuss the insects’ movement into the Kansas City area, and the tools to help tree owners and neighborhood homeowner associations decide whether to treat for this problem or simply let nature runs its course, which will mean death for most trees.
While the class is free, registration is required to insure adequate materials will be available. Register online at www.johnson.ksu.edu or call the Extension office at (913) 715-7000.