emerald ash borer City Parks Department Updating Plan to Combat Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald ash borer (EAB) is a beetle native to Asia that attacks and destroys ash trees. The beetle was first discovered in Monroe County in the Hardin Ridge Recreation Area (Polk Township) in 2008. In October 2012, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer within city limits, in the Peppergrass neighborhood on Heather Drive in Perry Township.

See a map by the U.S. Forest Service showing the national distribution of emerald ash borer.

For more information about the emerald ash borer, and tips for homeowners with ash trees, visit emeraldashborer.info

The Bloomington Tree Commission has prepared a set of recommendations for the City of Bloomington for the management of the city's ash trees. Recommendations include the use of insecticide to prevent beetles from attacking trees, and removing ash trees to keep the emerald ash borer from spreading.

Quick Links

Emerald Ash Borer Policy for the City of Bloomington, Indiana - Recommendation by the Bloomington Tree Commission

Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology Web site.

More information, including advice for homeowners who have ash trees, can be found on the Purdue University Department of Entomology Web site.

City of Bloomington Street Trees and Landscaping

Local Contact for Questions

Amy Thompson
Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Purdue Cooperative Extension Service - Monroe County
(812) 349-2575 or afthompson@purdue.edu