In the Wild with Greg Wagner


The Green Menace, do you know of it? You should. The so-called “Green Menace” is the detrimental Emerald Ash Borer. Here’s a photo of it. According to the USDA, the emerald ash borer (EAB) is a very small but very destructive beetle. Metallic green in color, its slender body measures 1/2-inch long and 1/8-inch wide. The average adult beetle can fit easily on a penny, look! 

Responsible for the death and decline of tens of millions of ash trees, this beetle probably hitchhiked from China and eastern Asia to North America in wood packing materials used to ship consumer goods. The exotic, wood-boring beetle attacks only ash trees on this continent. It has been detected in over a dozen states and in parts of Canada. Most recently, the EAB was found in neighboring Iowa, so it is close to us here in Nebraska!

Now, here’s where you enter the picture with the EAB. We humans contribute to the spread of this beetle. How? By the movement of common ash tree products such as firewood. EAB larvae can survive hidden under the bark of firewood.

Led by Mike Groenewold, the horticulture section of our parks division has embarked on a big, statewide campaign to strongly encourage you – the camper – to not move firewood around from one location to another. Here is the yard sign you will see at a number of Game and Parks Commission areas reminding you of that message this spring and summer.   

The web site listed on the sign is a good one for information about the Emerald Ash Borer beetle and firewood. I am including a link to it for you to click:

This camping season, help stop any potential spread of the EAB, please get firewood locally – and burn it on-site. See you out there, enjoying a good campfire in a state park!


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Mr. Wagner,
So, yer sayin’ that the “Wags Super Skeeter Repellent Concoction” isn’t effective on these “varmints”?

Back to the Lab- or we just may be in TROUBLE!

THANK YOU for “spreading the News”!

Harold F.

Comment by Harold F

Darned beetles anyhow! Yes, back to the lab, Harold. Hmmmm ….

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