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Deerfield to cut 223 trees due to emerald ash borer

April 04, 2012 at 02:39 PM

The Associated Press

DEERFIELD — The emerald ash borer is making a pest of itself in suburban Chicago.

The village of Deerfield has decided to remove 223 trees that appear to be infected with the emerald ash borer.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the village decided on the move after a recent inventory of more than 1,300 village-owned trees.

Public Works Director Barbara Little says the inventory indicated the emerald ash borer beetle is spreading in the northern Chicago suburb.

Little says 34 of the 223 ash trees are dead or dying and will be taken down in the coming weeks. She says the rest of the infected trees are in fair condition and will be removed by year’s end.

The beetle’s larvae feed on the inner bark of ash trees.

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