INSECTS

The emerald ash borer.
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The destructive emerald ash borer is moving deeper into New England's tree population. An infestation was just found in Hampshire County in western Massachusetts.

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A rise in tick-borne illnesses in Pittsfield has health officials concerned. iBerkshires.com reports the city has seen a rise in tick-borne illnesses including Lyme disease. So far this year, Pittsfield has had more cases of anaplasmosis and almost as many occurrences of Lyme disease- when compared to all of last year.