10 trees fall victim to Emerald Ash Borer in Edmundston

City of Edmundston

The City of Edmundston says ten trees in front of the Border Services Agency office on Saint-Francois Street will be cut down after the presence of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was confirmed.

A release says the adult beetle bores a hole in the ash tree to lay its eggs, and after they hatch, the larvae live under the bark, quietly killing the tree.

The City says the trees that are showing signs of being attacked by the EAB will be felled and destroyed as per Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulations.

Those regulations say a tree with a dieback level above 30% must be destroyed.

Alain Laplante, an urban forester with the City of Edmundston's Public Works Department, says the trees will be replaced with other hardwood trees in the fall.

The EAB was first detected in Atlantic Canada, in Edmundston, in May 2018 and is now present throughout New Brunswick.