Emerald Ash Borer Found in Westmoreland County; Quarantine Imposed
Campers Statewide are Urged to Stop Transporting Firewood
The invasive beetle was first detected in
State and federal Emerald Ash Borer quarantines restrict the movement from the quarantine area of ash nursery stock, green lumber and any other ash material, including logs, stumps, roots and branches, and all wood chips.
This summer, 20 crews — 15 in
“Our survey crews are assessing the extent of the infestation in
Due to the difficulty in distinguishing between species of hardwood firewood, all hardwood firewood — including ash, oak, maple and hickory — are considered quarantined.
Since many species of wood-boring insects, including the Emerald Ash Borer, can be spread by transporting infested firewood and logs, campers and homeowners are encouraged to use only locally harvested firewood, burn all of the firewood on-site, and not carry it to new locations.
Emerald Ash Borer is a wood-boring beetle native to
Typically, the beetles will kill an ash tree within three years of the initial infestation. Adults are dark green, one-half inch in length and one-eighth inch wide, and fly only from early May until September. Larvae spend the rest of the year beneath the bark of ash trees. When they emerge as adults, they leave D-shaped holes in the bark about one-eighth inch wide.
There is no known practical control for this wood-boring pest other than destroying infested trees.
People who suspect they have seen Emerald Ash Borer should call the department’s toll-free pest hotline at 1-866-253-7189. For more information about the quarantine, contact
Information is also available at www.agriculture.state.pa.us/emeraldashborer.
CONTACT: Jean Kummer 717-787-5085
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture