Wausau business to collect trees to prevent spread of invasive pest

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- Hsu’s Growing Supply in Wausau will collect Christmas trees on Friday to help stop the spread of an invasive pest.

Elongate hemlock scale is an invasive pest introduced into the United States from Asia. According to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection EHS has not been found in Wisconsin’s forests or Christmas tree fields. However, DATCP inspectors have found it on cut Fraser and balsam fir Christmas trees and boughs, in wreaths and other evergreen decorations, and on hemlock nursery stock.

Trees can be dropped off for free from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 237502 [T6500] County Road W in Wausau.

Families can then roast marshmallows and enjoy hot cocoa.

According to a post on Facebook, the trees will be burned during a private controlled burn.

EHS has been detected in the District of Columbia, and the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Virginia.

Click here for more information about EHS.