NORTH ANDOVER, Massachusetts — The invasive emerald ash borer beetle that's killed millions of ash trees nationwide has been detected in eastern Massachusetts for the first time.
State environmental officials announced Monday that evidence of the shiny green insect native to Asia was detected in North Andover last month and confirmed by federal officials.
The tiny bugs have been detected in 22 states and were first found in Massachusetts earlier this year in Berkshire County.
Emerald ash borer larvae feed just below the bark and adults eat the leaves. Once the beetles hit a tree, it's as good as dead within five years.
State officials say the goal now is to determine the extent of the North Andover infestation and contain it. That includes restricting the movement of hardwood products out of the area.