Baltimore fighting against beetle that targets its ash trees
BALTIMORE (AP) — With the arrival of an invasive green Asian beetle in Baltimore, local governments and property owners are confronting tough — and potentially costly — choices about whether to try to save ash trees at risk of infestation or cut them down.
The culprit is the emerald ash borer, which could attack any of the 5 million to 6 million ash trees across the Baltimore metropolitan area. With the infestation already underway, City Hall is seeking a contractor to inject as many as 820 curbside ash trees with insecticide.
“We are taking the initial steps to deal with what’s going to be a tragic situation,” said Erik Dihle, the city’s arborist.