Emerald ash borer impact hits peak in Chicago area

December 25, 2014 11:03 PM

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The tiny green beetle known as the emerald ash borer had a mighty impact in Illinois in 2014, killing thousands of trees and spreading to more rural communities in Illinois.

The insect that's ravaged ash tree populations throughout the Midwest was first detected in Illinois in 2006, experts say, and quickly spread throughout Chicago's suburbs. Droughts and extreme cold temperatures in recent years worsened the impact this year, causing some communities to tackle large-s...

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