Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald ash borer (EAB) is an exotic insect native to China that was first discovered in Detroit, Michigan in 2002. Since it was first discovered EAB has spread to 35 states and is responsible for the loss of more than 100 million ash trees in the United States. The threat to our ash trees is similar to what we saw happen to our elm with Dutch Elm Disease (DED) in the 1970’s.
In 2018 EAB was found in northern Sioux Falls. This is the first confirmed infestation in South Dakota. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture received confirmation on May 9 that the insect is indeed EAB. The confirmation was made by the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), a division of the United States Department of Agriculture. The infestation was detected early and so far appears to be confined to a relatively small area. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is conducting surveys to verify the extent of the infestation and monitor its spread. The City of Sioux Falls is taking a proactive approach to manage this impending epidemic but we need your help. We encourage residents to learn the facts about EAB so we can fight this pest together as One Sioux Falls.