PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Hundreds of ash trees in Western Pennsylvania have been especially hard-hit by invasive beetles.

According to a Tribune-Review report, about 1,500 trees damaged by Emerald Ash Borer beetles will have to be cut down by the end of the year.

READ MORE: DeVincent Spriggs, Man Who Accused Aaron Donald Of Assault, Offers Apology To NFL Star

The trees are being removed as part of a West Penn Power program, which identifies weakened trees that are growing near power lines, and are in danger of falling over.

Ash trees are especially unstable, and usually heavily damaged by that particular type of beetle.

The Emerald Ash Borer was first identified in Pennsylvania in 2007.

READ MORE: Ohio Mother Climbs Out Of Window And Onto Roof To Confront Thieves

The bugs have destroyed more than 40 million ash trees since they were first detected in the United States.

The beetles destroy the trees by laying their eggs between the layers of the bark on ash trees. The larvae then borough into the trees.

Trees will be removed in Westmoreland, Fayette, Allegheny, Butler and Washington counties.

Stay With KDKA.com For More Details

MORE NEWS: 'Save Moondog's' Concert Raises More Than $55,000 For Blawnox Music Venue

You May Also Be Interested In These Latest News Stories
[display-posts category=”news” wrapper=”ul” posts_per_page=”4″]
Join The Conversation On The KDKA Facebook Page
Stay Up To Date, Follow KDKA On Twitter