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Invasive beetle found near NH, Mass. border
Although the beetle has yet to infect any trees in Salem, the species was recently found in Methuen, Mass.
The orange zone means the emerald ash borer is not known to be in the area, but there is a known infestation within 10 miles of the area.
State officials are recommending that people with ash trees on their property begin a treatment program now, Dumont said.
The towns in the orange zone along with Salem include Hudson, Pelham, Londonderry, Windham, Derry, Hampstead, Atkinson, Plaistow, Sandown, Kingston and Newton.
There are several methods used to slow the spread of the ash borer once infected trees are found. One method involves attracting the beetles to a small, concentrated stand of ash trees, and then destroying those trees and the beetle larvae in the trees.
Although the ash borer can fly, Heuss said it is mainly spread through the delivery of infected trees from nurseries or through ash firewood.
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