Lakeville plans for deadly invasion of emerald ash borer

Lakeville is preparing for a deadly invasion.

City crews have been counting and mapping trees on city property in preparation for the arrival of the emerald ash borer, a green Asian beetle capable of mass destruction.

“It’s like a plague,” Lakeville Parks and Recreation Director Brett Altergott said, noting no ash is safe from the beetles.

Emerald ash borer larvae tunnel under ash tree bark, destroying the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients, typically killing infested trees within three to five years.

“The death rate is 100 percent,” Altergott said.

 

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