Barnes Nursery in Huron is feeling the effects of the emerald ash borer to the tune of an half a million dollars.
Gary Dugan, nursery manager for Barnes, said the nursery recently bulldozed 2,000 ash trees valued at $500,000. Twenty-six of 88 Ohio counties are infected with the borer and a state quarantine makes it illegal to move hardwood firewood and ash trees out of the affected areas.
It can cost between $80 to $150 a year for the treatment, but Dugan said without the spraying, ash trees won't have a chance of surviving. He explained that the borer, when it is in a larval stage, eats away at the vascular system of the ash trees, which is right under the bark.