BELOIT (WKOW) -- Wednesday, officials from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture confirmed the emerald ash borer (EAB) was found in Beloit.
A Forestry Operations Supervisor says the infested tree was located and identified by the city's forestry crew during a schedule removal of the tree.
As a reminder, Rock County is under quarantine for the EAB. Residents are encouraged to follow the quarantine guidelines as set by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection.
In addition to the quarantine in Rock County, the following counties also remain regulated: Brown, Crawford, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, La Crosse, Milwaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Ozaukee, Trempealeau, Vernon, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha.
The emerald ash borer was initially discovered near Detroit, Michigan in 2002. It was likely transported to North America accidentally in wooden shipping crates from China. The EAB has destroyed millions of ash trees since being detected in North America. It is the beetle's larvae that actually kill the host ash tree by tunneling through the soft wood just under the bark that supplies the tree with food and water. Large, healthy trees can succumb to EAB within three to five years.
Beloit residents concerned about the health of their ash trees should consult a local professional arborist, tree care specialist.