The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has confirmed emerald ash borer (EAB) in Le Sueur County for the first time. Thirty-one counties in the state now have EAB.

A tree in Memorial Park in the city of New Prague south of the Scott/Le Sueur County border was identified as possibly infested with EAB. MDA staff were able to find live EAB larvae and collect samples when the city removed the tree two weeks ago. Federal identification confirmed emerald ash borer.

Emerald ash borer larvae kill ash trees by tunneling under the bark and feeding on the part of the tree that moves nutrients up and down the trunk