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The emerald ash borer, native to China, has destroyed 100 million ash trees since its arrival in the U.S. more than a decade ago. The destructive pest has reached the Washington area, where it will soon emerge again.
Cooler weather will bring the Washington area good news on the bug front, but invasive species are causing millions of dollars of damage.
D.C. ranks in the top five cities with the worst pest problem.
The white flowers early in the season are very distinctive, so learn what the plant looks like and pull it slowly out of wet soil right away before those flowers can turn into the explosive seedpods.
Investigators in Montgomery County's Office of Consumer Protection can smell a rat a mile away, but it's the mice that caught them by surprise. One investigator still shudders when she thinks about the unwanted guest in her office.