Emerald Ash Borer

Ash Tree Population is Threatened
On January 28th, 2011, the Village of Wauconda discovered the presence of the highly destructive insect known as the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The Emerald Ash Borer is a small, metallic green, non-native invasive pest whose larvae feast on the trunks of ash trees, ultimately disrupting their ability to transport nutrients and causing the tree’s eventual decline and death. The EAB infestation in Wauconda was discovered near Route 176 and Route 12 when ash trees were discovered with symptoms of the infestation.

Ash Tree Removal
While the EAB does not pose any health risk, it does threaten our ash tree population. The Illinois Department of Agriculture is the lead agency in creating policy related to the EAB. The department’s primary efforts are targeted at slowing the spread of the disease throughout the state. The only effective method of stopping the spread of the pest is to remove and destroy all infested ash trees in an area. The Village of Wauconda will remove ash trees on public property after positive confirmation of the EAB, or as they begin to decline. Tree removals have begun in the Village as a way to help stop the spread of the pest.

Step to Combat EAB

Please help us combat the EAB infestation by doing the following:
  • Inspect all ash trees on your property and look for symptoms of EAB.
  • If you suspect that EAB has infested your tree, contact the Public Works Department at 847-526-9610.
  • For more information, go to the Emerald Ash Borer website or the Illinois Department of Agriculture website.
  • Do not move firewood. EAB can easily be transported in firewood.
Note: You may remove infested ash tree during this time, but do not cut down your ash trees during ‘flight season’ for EAB (May 1st through September 30th). Removing the trees during flight season increases the risk of spreading EAB. If you employ a landscape service, please ensure that they are aware of the infestation and please help us ensure that the removal is in compliance with the current Illinois Department of Agriculture’s regulations for infected trees.