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Last updated on Tuesday, May 25, 2010
(UNDATED) - This week kicks of a chance for homeowners and the public to help slow the spread of a devastating insect: the Emerald Ash Borer or EAB.
Indiana is one of 16 states taking part in Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week.
Emerald Ash Borer is an extremely destructive plant pest that has already wiped out 25 million ash trees nationwide.
Purdue University Emerald Ash Borer expert Jodie Ellis says 1/3 of Indiana counties are infected with the ash borer and soon the entire state will be infested.
With with Memorial Day and the summer camping season around the corner, Hoosier campers in particular are encouraged to buy all firewood locally and burn it fully.
All of Indiana is under a federal quarantine that restricts the movement of all hardwood firewood into any other state.
Purdue University reports that homeowners also can help slow the spread of EAB by inspecting their ash trees for signs of infestation.
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