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Devastating Ash Borer Bug Appears In Middle Tenn.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A tiny bug that can cause major damage has made its way to Middle Tennessee.

The bug, called the Emerald Ash Borer, is an invasive insect that kills trees. Many residents might have spotted the little bug in their yards, destroying their trees. The Emerald Ash Borer has been known to devastate the Ash Tree population of the United States.

Officials said the bug feeds on the tissue inside the bark going up and down and back and forth, wearing away the tree.

"If that goes all the way around the tree it chokes the tree at that point, "said Tim Phelps with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

Signs of an early infestation include dead branches and loss of leaves near the top of the tree. According to officials, residents can help stop the spread of the insect by buying firewood from local sources.

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