Homeowners, tree care professionals and municipality officials are invited to an Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) open house event in Peoria to learn more about this destructive pest. The EAB Open House Event will take place on Monday, August 10 at Grandview Park in Peoria where an infested tree was recently discovered.

During the event you will see an infested tree and learn more about the pest. The open house is from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Professional groundskeepers and municipalities are encouraged to visit between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m., and the general public between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. The open house event will take place at that park's pavilion where there is plenty of parking. The event is free and will be held rain or shine.

EAB is a small, metallic green beetle native to Asia. Discovered in Illinois in 2006, it has since spread throughout northeast and central Illinois. It was confirmed in Peoria and Tazewell counties in 2014. EAB feeds only on true Ash trees. If trees go untreated, the death rate is 100 percent. If infested trees are not treated or removed, EAB will continue its destructive path moving on to other ash trees—eventually wiping out all Ash trees.

The open house is co-sponsored by University of Illinois Extension and several other agencies, including the Illinois Department of Agriculture, APHIS-USDA, and the University of Illinois Natural History Survey. Representatives will provide information about ash tree and EAB identification, EAB impacts, control options, removal options, alternative tree selection, community planning, tree inventory, quarantine guidelines, and more.

For more information, call 309-543-3308Image removed.309-543-3308, email uiemg-mason@illinois.edu, or visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt.