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Invasive Insect Forces County to Remove Trees from Richter Farm Road



One day the trees were there and the next almost all the trees along Richter Farm Road were gone.

The trees, all of which were of the Ash Tree variety, were cut down and removed in recent weeks by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s Division of Highway Services because they were infected with the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle, an invasive insect from northern Asia which has been killing trees from Massachusetts south to North Carolina and as far west as Iowa and Missouri for many years.


The Emerald Ash Borer or Agrilus planipennis is an invasive wood-boring insect from Asia. The metallic-green adult beetles feed on the leaves of ash trees; the larvae live and feed on the inner bark, their tunnels cut off water and nutrients resulting in rapid tree mortality.

“The trees on Richter Farm were all infected with the Emerald Ash Borer and in pretty bad shape,” according to Josh Faust, the public outreach coordinator for MCDOT’s Divisio