WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. -- Williamsville officials are warning residents: Get your trees checked now. The emerald ash borer has moved into the Village.
Deputy mayor Christopher Duquin made the announcement Friday at Glen Park. "It's a little less beautiful today because we lost one of our ash trees to the emerald ash borer," he said.
Perhaps you've heard of it before: Its larvae live in and feed on ash trees, and when they hatch, they're capable flyers, so they spread quickly. The emerald ash borer is affecting a lot New York State, and about half the country for that matter.
It first showed up in Western New York in 2009, and now, the invasive species is confirmed in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Erie, and Niagara Counties.