Rochester, NY - County Officials announced the start of a week-long campaign to raise awareness about the emerald ash borer beetle.  County Officials say that the Emerald Ash Borer is a growing problem. There are three areas of infestation across the county that continues to grow.

Greg Adams is the President of One Step Tree and Lawn Care and he says that for homeowners there is very little they can do to protect their Ash Trees from infestation. "The only way to prevent it at this point is through treatment.  The trees can be injected and that injections is generally good for two years so that process must be continued on a regular basis”

The Emerald Ash Borer Beatle is native to Asia and it is suspected that it came to the United States through shipping pallets that arrived in Michigan. The beetle has now begun to spread into the Western New York area.

Once a tree is infected Adams says there is nothing a homeowner can do to save it. "Once it becomes infected it will die, it’s just a matter of time. It may take two to three years for them to see the symptoms but it will eventually result in the death of the tree. "

County officials say that to help raise awareness they are going to mark many of the ash trees in the area with a ribbon to note their prevalence in our area.  Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks says that the county is also creating a Task Force to help combat the infestation.  “In order to preserve our area’s cherished ash trees, homeowners should be educated about the signs of Emerald Ash Borer infestation.”