- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Officials say an emerald ash borer has been positively identified in Johnson County, but an examination of nearby ash trees didn’t turn up any more of the insects.

A team comprised of state and federal agencies announced Friday an Iowa City resident found the adult emerald ash borer, which hadn’t previously been located in Johnson County. Infestations of the beetle already have been confirmed in nine other Iowa counties.

State Entomologist Robin Pruisner says it’s “fairly unusual” that no more emerald ash borers were found near the tree where the beetle was located.

Officials have asked residents to avoid transporting firewood across county or state lines because that can spread the beetle. The insect also can fly two to five miles.

The insect kills ash trees over several years.

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