VANDERBURGH CO., IN (WFIE) - The tree-killing Emerald Ash Borer is now a threat to our area.
For several years, the insect has been active in north and central Indiana.
Now the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is warning that the bug could be more active in southwestern Indiana.
Evansville City Arborist Shawn Dickerson says ash trees account for about 7 percent of the tree population.
He says once the ash borer reaches an area, unless your trees are treated, there is little you can do, "There's no known way to stop it. They're trying to introduce some things to help control it, but nothing has been completely successful yet. At this point in time, we have to expect the worst."
Dickerson says the ash borer has been reported in the Jasper area for the past four years, but it hasn't been found in Vanderburgh County yet.
The ash borer is often spread by the transportation of firewood.