By Ashley Mulis
I know what you are thinking: What is the deal with all of the dead trees this spring? Now that the trees have produced leaves, it has become pretty obvious that the dreaded emerald ash borer we have been hearing about for five years has started to take a major toll on Carmel's beautiful ash trees. For those of you who have not heard the emerald ash borer (EAB) story, here’s a short recap: This bug is actually an exotic beetle that showed up near Detroit in 2002. It is believed that the pest arrived in packing material from ships or airplanes with freight originating in Asia. The adult beetles eat leaves; but it is the larvae that cause the big problem by tunneling under the tree bark and essentially cutting of the ash tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients.