Emerald ash borer found outside quarantined areas in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD - According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, the emerald ash borer has been found in two more central Illinois counties.

In a Friday announcement, state officials said that arborists confirmed the presence of the beetle in Tazewell and Peoria counties.  They were found near Dunlap and Peoria in Peoria County, and in Minier in Tazewell County.

Agriculture officials say it was a "significant" find because the emerald ash borers were found outside the boundaries of a 49-county quarantine area in Illinois.

The emerald ash borer is a metallic-green beetle whose larvae tunnel into ash tree bark, which causes the trees to starve and eventually die.

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