Tree-killing ash borer beetle found in 3rd Iowa county

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Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES (AP) — The emerald ash borer has been found in a tree in the southeast Iowa city of Fairfield, the Iowa Department of Agriculture said Thursday, making it the third spot where the destructive beetle has been found in the state.

The Agriculture Department announced that the bug was found in a residential tree in the Jefferson County city. Last month, officials declared nearby Des Moines County infested after an emerald ash borer was found in Burlington. Allamakee County, in northeast Iowa, was declared infested in 2010.

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