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Emerald Ash Borer Expands Territory in South

Quarantine Is Ordered


Native to the Far East, the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) was first found in North America in southeast Michigan in 2002. Currently, infestations of the wood-boring pest have been detected in 30 states.
Photo Credit: USDA, APHIS, Dr. James E. Zablotny

The invasive beetle that has been destroying ash trees in the U.S. since 2002, the emerald ash borer, has been detected and confirmed in Calhoun County, Alabama.

The discovery of this federally regulated pest was made by a USDA APHIS PPQ worker looking specifically for it all season.

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries has filed a quarantine emergency rule, which is also in effect in Cherokee and Cleburne County, and will go into effect in any other county the emerald ash borer is found to be present or is determined by the agency commissioner to be at high risk for its presence.

The quarantine emergency rule is posted on the Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association's website.

December 10, 2018, 3:58 am PST

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