This week has been designated Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week -- a reminder
that it is important to be vigilant in slowing the spread of the devastating
Gov. Mitch Daniels has signed a proclamation declaring the week of May 22-28
as a awareness week for the EAB, which has been found in 14 states and which
has killed millions ash trees. First discovered in Indiana in 2004, the EAB
has been found in 42 Indiana counties, including Porter, Lake and LaPorte.
According to Purdue University EAB expert Jodie Ellis, Hoosiers should
maintain continued awareness and diligence in slowing the insect’s spread.
One way to do this is for campers to buy all firewood locally and to burn it
To help homeowners, neighborhood associations, and communities identify ash
trees and learn how to band together to protect their trees from EAB while
negotiating group prices from tree care companies, Purdue created the
Neighbors Against Bad Bugs Program (NABB).
NABB events are managed by Purdue Extension and Master Gardeners, and
feature community ash tree tagging events that clearly demonstrate where ash
trees are while educating residents about their choices to manage them. “One
great benefit of NABB is that neighbors learn how to save money and many of
their ash trees by negotiating with tree care companies for group pricing.
But the most important benefit of NABB is that people learn to act early to
save valuable ash trees from unnecessary destruction.”
For information on preventing EAB infestations in healthy ash trees and
arranging a NABB tree tagging event, see