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Tree-eating beetle found in second county

CLEVELAND (AP) - An Asian tree-killing beetle no larger than a small paperclip has been found in a second Ohio county.

The emerald ash borer was found earlier this year in Whitehouse, in Lucas County, near Toledo. The state cut and incinerated thousands of ash trees in an attempt to contain the insect.

Now the beetle has been discovered in Hicksville, a small town in Defiance County about two miles from Indiana. Infestations were found there last month in trees at a wholesale nursery and on the grounds of a company that makes wooden tool handles.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has spent the summer surveying counties across northwest Ohio to look for the beetle.

The state issued a quarantine, restricting the movement of ash trees, firewood, branches and logs from 12 affected properties in Hicksville after finding the insect.

The dark, metallic-green insect has infested or destroyed about 6 million ash trees in southeast Michigan.

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