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5 Arkansas counties at risk of Ips beetle outbreak

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 15, 2017 at 2:02 p.m.

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LITTLE ROCK — State forestry officials say five Arkansas counties may be at risk of an outbreak of beetle that causes damage to pine trees.

The Arkansas Forestry Commission says aerial surveys revealed 102 Ips beetle spots in Clark, Dallas, Hot Spring, Ouachita and Pike counties. The Ips beetle is a native bark beetle that can damage pine trees, particularly ones that are weakened by drought or disease.

Landowners are encouraged to check their property for any signs of infestation and check with county foresters for recommendations. In some cases, a clear-cut of infested trees may be needed.

The forestry commission says more Ips beetle damage could occur if drought conditions persist.

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