Emerald ash borer (EAB) is a non-native (invasive) insect from Asia that kills ash trees. According to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), resistance against EAB has not been found in any native North American ash populations. In areas where EAB has become established, ash tree mortality rates approach 100 percent. Once emerald ash borer infests an area, it cannot be eradicated. It has killed over 25 million ash trees in the United States. Minnesota is home to approximately 900 million ash trees. Trees become infested when adult beetles lay eggs on the bark. The eggs hatch into larvae that bore into the tree, eventually killing it.
EAB was discovered in Minnesota in 2009, but has not yet been detected in Lakeville, It was recently found at Lebanon Hills campground in Eagan and near Cedar Avenue and County Road 42 in Apple Valley. As a result, the City of Lakeville has started preparing for the inevitable infestation.
There are many reasons an ash tree might have dead branches or dieback which can be symptoms of EAB. The City will only accept select ash tree inspection requests. Before requesting an inspection, use the links below to learn more about signs and symptoms of EAB.