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April is Invasive Species Awareness Month in Iowa, EAB Now in 43 Counties

Posted: Thursday, April 20th, 2017 at 6:22 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

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The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is just one of many invasive species in Iowa and Governor Terry Branstad has proclaimed April as Invasive Species Awareness Month. The EAB has been confirmed in 43 of Iowa’s 99 counties. The beetle attacks and often kills ash trees. Invasive species disrupt the natural habitat and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources estimates EAB is projected to cost Iowa more than $2.5 billion in removal costs and lost benefits. Each year millions of dollars are spent, both public and private, to control invasive plants, insects, diseases and animal species across the state.