This is potentially very bad news for trees in Missouri. Suddenly, there are hundreds of reports in Missouri of an invasive pest that is responsible for the deaths of millions of trees every single year.

This nasty bug isn't supposed to be in Missouri or any part of America. The USDA National Invasive Species Center says it's native to Russia, China, Japan, and Korea. It's the Emerald Ash Borer and the report map now suddenly shows numerous sightings in Missouri.

Infographic USDA/EDD Maps
Infographic USDA/EDD Maps

The USDA calls the Emerald Ash Beetle in Missouri "one of the most destructive invasive species in North America" and they're not wrong. These invasive bugs have caused a damage path in the Missouri tree population.

Experts are questioning the future of ash trees because of the massive damage the Emerald Ash Borer is doing. This pest is one of the reasons why Missouri will not allow you to move firewood more than 50 miles. Officials are trying to limit the spread of this invasive bug, but the map above shows that it may be beyond the point of no return.

You can help in this battle. If you think you see Emerald Ash Borer tree damage in Missouri, you can file an official report. Individuals being observant and taking action may help turn the tide against this invasive beetle before they eliminate more of Missouri's beloved tree population.

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