MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - The city of Middletown is trying to be proactive to combat a pest that's infesting a growing number of trees.
"We cut down the trees, we get all the brush, we chip all the brush, and after that we get all the firewood out," said Tim Fitzgerald of Tree-Mend-Us, the company contracted by the city to remove the trees.
Steve Lewis of the Middletown Tree Commissions says the Emerald Ash Borer is a beetle from Asia that can kill ash trees in as little as two years.
"It's a proactive approach to let citizens know, one, that we have ash trees in town, two that this pest has made its way down through the great lakes," Lewis said.
Only about 150 trees are infested on city property but, there could be more.
"There are a lot of street trees that the homeowners are responsible for, and that number is up around 750 to 800," Lewis said.
Right now crews are cutting down infested trees in Jacot Park.
"Usually we try to get two tress a day," Fitzgerald said.
Their main goal is to nip the borer problem in the bud before it becomes worse.
"Our major concern is, is having a stand of dead ash trees," Lewis said.