North Carolina has recently quarantined three counties for the Emerald Ash Bore.
“Unfortunately we became the 20th state in the country to confirm the presence of the Emerald Ash Bore. It’s a destructive little bug that has killed tens of millions of trees across the country. The Forestry Service found this beetle in trees in Granville, Person and Vance counties.
There is an emergency quarantine order put on ash products located in those counties. It restricts the movement of hard word, firewood and other ash nursery materials from these three counties. We don’t want this to spread across the state.
We knew that it was just a matter of time before it showed up here. It was in Virginia and Tennessee for some time and that is the reason we have been vigilant.
Washington will also be issuing a quarantine, but I wanted to evoke this quarantine to take every step possible immediately to stop the movement of this ash bore.
The first Emerald Ash Bore was discovered eleven years ago in Michigan so its traveled a long way in a short time. Unfortunately it will infect the four types of ash trees that we have here in NC and the public needs to be looking for the symptoms, which includes a decline in the appearance of the tree. Sometimes it will thin out from the top down or see a lot of wood peckers, that can be a sign.
If the public sees this happening we are asking them to call it in. They can call our plant industry division at 1-800-206-9333.”