Emerald Ash Borer
On August 3rd, 2017
Emerald Ash Borer was confirmed in Spartanburg County, SC
Emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, is an exotic beetle that was discovered in southeastern Michigan near Detroit in the summer of 2002. The adult beetles nibble on ash foliage but cause little damage. The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree's ability to transport water and nutrients. Emerald ash borer probably arrived in the United States on solid wood packing material carried in cargo ships or airplanes originating in its native Asia. As of August 2017, it is now found in 31 states, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Since its discovery, EAB has:
- Killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America.
- Caused regulatory agencies and the USDA to enforce quarantines and fines to prevent potentially infested ash trees, logs or hardwood firewood from moving out of areas where EAB occurs.
- Cost municipalities, property owners, nursery operators and forest products industries hundreds of millions of dollars.
Initial county EAB detections in North America & Canada
As of December 1 st, 2017
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Changes/additions included since the November 1 st, 2017:
The addition of initial county detections in:
- Decatur County, IA
- Hampshire County, MA
- Kings County, NY
All counties in the State of Georgia
- Refer to the Georgia Forestry Commission press release for more details
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