The emerald ash borer has arrived in Cayuga County, according to county environmental engineer Bruce Natale, who received confirmation Thursday.

The federal Animal and Plant Health Identification Service confirmed the discovery of three adult borers found at the Hejamada Campground and RV Park in Montezuma.

Cayuga County joins 16 other state counties that play host to the borer, including Onondaga and Monroe Counties.

The EAB is an invasive species from China that was first found in Michigan in 2002. These bugs only feed on ash trees, which make up of 15 percent of all trees in Cayuga County.

County representatives are working with other agencies, such as the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County and the Department of Environmental Conservation, to develop public workshops and a task force against the bug.

Staff writer Greg Mason can be reached at (315) 282-2239 or greg.mason@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @CitizenMason.

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