Slow the Spread of EAB

Determine if you have an ash tree on your property

EAB does not discriminate between ashes on private and public properties. Several of the confirmed EAB detections thus far in Wisconsin have been in trees on private property. Laminated, wallet-size cards to help property owners identify an ash tree are available on the kiosk in the City Hall entrance way.

If you have an ash tree and want to save it, begin treating it before EAB finds it. The City strongly recommends you hire a certified arborist or professional pesticide applicator. List of Area Certified Arborists

Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of EAB

Laminated, wallet-size cards to help property owners identify EAB signs and symptoms are available on the kiosk in the City Hall entrance way. Even if you don’t have an ash, the City would appreciate your help keeping a lookout for signs and symptoms of EAB in ashes in your neighborhood. Call the City Forester at 270-4289 or the City Parks Director at 270-4288 if you think you see an EAB-infested ash.

Stay current on the latest EAB information

Visit Wisconsin's Emerald Ash Borer Information Source website to stay current on where EAB has been found inside and outside the state, on EAB-quarantine rules on firewood movement, and on useful EAB treatment information. You can sign up to receive Wisconsin EAB News Alerts by email.

Spread the word about EAB

Tell neighbors and friends to determine whether they have an ash tree; to take preemptive action if they do, whether it be insecticide treatment or removal; to follow EAB-quarantine rules on firewood movement; to learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an EAB infestation; and to keep an eye on any ashes present along their neighborhood streets or in the local park.

Do not plant any ash tree

Don't plant ash trees in the genus Fraxinus unless you plan on investing in long-term EAB insecticide treatment. EAB will attack and kill it. (EAB does not attack and kill mountain ashes, which are not true species of ash.) Please be aware ashes still might be available at nurseries or garden centers. Alternatives to Ash lists several medium to large native trees suitable for our area, some of which serve up fall color equal to or better than that of autumn purple white ash.


This cannot be overemphasized. It is the most important and responsible step you can take to help contain EAB as best as is humanly possible. Movement of firewood containing ash infested with EAB accelerates it spread within and across counties and states. EAB larvae can travel hundreds of miles in ash wood, overwinter in a wide range of climate zones, and emerge as adult beetles the following late spring to early summer. If ash trees are nearby, beetles find them and a new infestation breaks out. Long-distance hitchhiking of EAB in firewood has transported it to remote locations in states far from the nearest known infestation. Anyone caught hauling firewood out of Dane County or any other Wisconsin county under an EAB quarantine can be fined up to $1,000. Although firewood legally can be moved within Dane County, please try to buy or cut it as close as possible to where you are using it. Transporting firewood to regions of the county where EAB has not been detected can accelerate its spread.

  • Please stay updated on firewood regulations and EAB quarantines in Wisconsin and other states by visiting Wisconsin's Emerald Ash Borer Information Source website. On the homepage are links to state and federal firewood regulations; information on state and federal EAB quarantines; and to an excellent, color-coded map of the restrictions on firewood movement across Wisconsin county lines.
  • If you cut down an ash tree in your yard for firewood, please store and burn it on site. 
  • Please obey the specific firewood restrictions in place for Wisconsin county and state parks, land owned by the Department of Natural Resources, and federal land in Wisconsin (Chequamegon and Nicolet National Forests and Apostle Islands National Seashore). Buy firewood sold within or as close as possible to the park you are visiting: this is the safest, most responsible course of action to keep EAB from spreading into these areas. Do not bring home unused firewood. 
  • Hauling firewood can spread damaging insects or diseases other than EAB that can wreak permanent damage to public and private forested landscapes. These include gypsy moth, oak wilt, Asian longhorned beetle, beech bark disease and hemlock woolly adelgid. (Gypsy moth and Asian longhorned are especially ominous—unlike the other three, they attack several native tree species, including oaks, maples, birches, and basswood.)
  • Buy EAB-free certified firewood from DATCP-Certified Firewood Dealers, which you can legally transport throughout the state.