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Missouri Department of Agriculture may have to put Perry County under quarantine due to bugs that destroy ash trees

Jul 22, 2013 -- 5:35pm


For the second time this year, a small creature is causing big concerns for Perry County. Jay Stortz and his crew spent Friday and Saturday moving tons of firewood out of the county amid fears of an impending quarantine after a Missouri Department of Agriculture field agent found emerald ash borers in a Perryville park. Stortz tells KZIM KSIM if Perryville is quarantined people may find it hard to find firewood in the area.Stortz says the emerald ash borer is an Asian species of beetle whose larvae feed on the inner bark of ash trees, eventually killing them. Ten Missouri counties -- including Bollinger County in Southeast Missouri are already under quarantine.

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