‘Highly likely’ tree-eating beetle will invade Guilford

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North Carolina Department of Agriculture, plant inspection section have hung purple prism traps designed to catch the emerald ash borer, a metallic-green beetle that bores into ash trees, one hangs on Valley Falls Rd. on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Summerfield, N.C. (Lynn Hey/News & Record)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Trees in Guilford County haven’t been ravaged by the emerald ash borer, a destructive beetle that’s killed thousands of ash trees along the eastern seaboard.

But it’s most likely just a matter of time.

“I don’t think it’s inevitable that it ends up here,” said John Ivey with the Guilford County Cooperative Extension. “But I do think it’s highly likely.”

The borer, a tiny green beetle native to Asia and eastern Russia, has spread steadily throughout the nation since first popping up in Detroit in 2002, leaving groves of decimated ash trees in its wake.

Read more: Greensboro News & Record

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