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ASH BORER: Insects infect ’Busco park

October 4, 2013

Trees in Churubusco’s town park have suffered from an ash borer infestation. Sixty-five trees have had to be removed from the park because of the insect that targets ash trees. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley

CHURUBUSCO — Visit Churubusco’s town park and it won’t take long to notice the numerous stumps that dot the wooded areas.

Parts of the park, easily accessed and seen by the public, are peppered with stumps from trees that have been cut down.

The more than 25 stumps and 65 downed trees are a result of the ash borer. The tiny insect reeks havoc on ash trees, carving a deadly path from the top of the tree, down to the base, devouring life-sustaining nutrients the tree needs.

Rick Krider, the town’s park director, has become a self-taught expert on the ash borer. When park trees were hit two years ago, Krider began researching a solution.

“I found out just how big a problem this little insect can create,” Krider said. “They are relentless, and will seek out food until they find it. We’re doing our best to treat the problem areas, but it’s not a quick process.”

Approximately 15 trees were saved and treated, which 13 have shown significant signs of improvement.

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