Give Now

Delays, Closings and Severe Weather - View All Alerts and Updates

Invasive Emerald Ash Borer Found In Bloomington Neighborhood

An adult emerald ash borer feeds off a leaf.

Hundreds of Bloomington’s ash trees may be felled after Emerald Ash Borers were found in a near-south side neighborhood.

The Emerald Ash Borer is a beetle native to Asia that attacks and destroys ash trees. Its larvae feed on the inner bark of the ash trees, disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients. Earlier this month,the Indiana Department of Natural Resources confirmed the existence of the pest in Bloomington.

Bloomington Parks and Recreation Director Mick Renneisen says there are several methods to deal with the bugs, from cutting down all ash trees so the larvae cannot migrate from one tree to the next to waiting for damage to occur and only cutting down affected trees.

The trees can also be treated with an insecticide, which Renneisen is not sure will be effective. Renneisen says he would like input from the city’s Tree Commission before deciding which path to take.

“We would like them to create a policy statement that we would then take to the city administration and have some sort of plan of attack to what we will do in the future,” Renneisen says.

Although there has only been one confirmed sighting of the ash borer in Bloomington, officials say as many as 900 trees may be in danger.

Want to contact your legislators about an issue that matters to you? Find out how to contact your senators and member of Congress here.

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From