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Insect pest: Will emerald ash borer survive the winter?

February 27, 2014

A pest decimating ash tree populations in northeast Indiana has been the emerald ash borer (EAB).

Will the harsh winter kill this menacing pest? Will Mother Nature finally aid us in wiping out this threat?

As I have said in recent articles, let’s not be quick to assume that a harsh winter means the end of all the insect pests we deal with.

Some mortality has probably occurred in some insect populations, but certainly not in all.

Plus, insects normally possess amazing reproductive potential. Lenny Farlee, Purdue forestry expert and Extension specialist focusing on sustaining hardwoods, recently weighed in on the potential fate of this particular pest.

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