The city of Wheaton reminds property owners that they are responsible for removing trees infested with the emerald ash borer or that have Dutch elm disease.
"Ash trees infested by the emerald ash borer aren’t just an eyesore; they also have the potential to become dangerous," the city said in a recent press release.
A city code explains ash trees infested with the emerald ash borer and elm trees infected with the fungus known to cause Dutch elm disease will be deemed a public nuisance, and must be removed by the property owner.
The city reminds residents unless they regularly maintain and treat their ash trees with emerald ash borer insecticides, the trees are more than likely infested.
"The emerald ash borer has killed millions of ash trees across the U.S.; and the unfortunate reality is that unless you have been treating your trees, you can expect them to become infested," Forestry Superintendent Kevin Maloney said. "Look for the signs of infestation – such as dieback in the crown of the tree, woodpecker damage and D-shaped holes in the bark. This tells you that your tree is infested and will likely need to be removed."
More information on the emerald ash borer can be found on the city's website at www.wheaton.il.us/ashborer.