Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer was found in Waterloo on 1/24/14 by the City's forestry crew doing routine trimming along the city streets.  The larvae that were found in the tree were confirmed to be EAB by the Iowa Dept. of Agriculture and the USDA.  City crews have begun removing ash trees that are infested with this destructive insect.  This will result in many services that are normally provided by Waterloo's forestry crew to have delayed response times. 

Homeowners with ash trees on their private property are encouraged to start researching your options.  Start getting estimates for the removal of your ash trees from licensed and insured tree services or start researching the methods and costs of treating your ash trees each year.  If homeowners choose to do nothing, the ash tree on your property will die as EAB attacks it.

If homeowners determine that they want to treat an ash tree located on the city owned right-of-way adjacent to their property, they need to get a permit from the city forester (call 291-4370).