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July 17, 2018
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Experts say Ohio threat from ash borer exaggerated
(WOUB) - Forest experts say a destructive beetle may not be nearly as big a threat as state officials have described.

The state has said that up to five billion ash trees are in danger as the emerald ash borer advances across Ohio.

But that includes billions of seedlings not big enough to tempt the bugs. Ohio State University insect expert Dan Herms says ash borers usually don't bother trees with trunks less than an inch in diameter.

A forest health specialist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the ash borer is a potential problem for 254 million mature ash trees in the state.

The pest has turned up in 28 Ohio counties.

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