County and city officials stress caution with EAB treatment options

As the notorious emerald ash borer inches ever-closer to Franklin County, so too do swindlers trying to make a quick buck off people scrambling to protect their beloved ash trees.

     Hampton Public Works Director Doug Tarr received literature last week from a company promoting preventative treatments for the invasive pest. The emerald ash borer (EAB) has been confirmed in nine Iowa counties so far, and that number is expected to balloon within the coming months. The inevitable statewide migration has prompted local officials to warn citizens about potential scams from companies offering bogus ash tree protection plans.

     Tarr didn’t know whether the company that contacted him was legitmate or not, but he believed people needed to be aware about the possible dangers that lurk ahead.

Read the full article in the April 9 edition of the Chronicle.