Emerald ash borer (EAB), the invasive insect that kills ash trees, continues tospread throughout the state. EAB Awareness Week, May 20-26, is the perfectopportunity to remind Ohioans of this pest's impact and their role in helpingto limit its spread.
Ohio and severalother states affected by this voracious beetle have marked EAB Awareness Weekduring the past few years, in an effort to spread the word about its impact ontheenvironment and the economy. Since its discovery in Detroit in 2002, EABhas destroyed millions of native ashes and has thepotential to completely erase these valuable hardwoodand landscape trees fromNorth America.
EABinfestations have been confirmed in most western and northern Ohio counties. Sofar in 2012, Columbiana, Guernsey and Muskingum in eastern Ohio have joined thelist ofinfested counties. An EAB infestations map from the Ohio Department ofAgriculture is available athttp://go.osu.edu/EABmap.
"Eventhough the entire state of Ohio is now quarantined for EAB, we are stilllooking for and documenting new infestations in already infested counties andin those where theinsect has not yet been spotted," said Amy Stone, an OhioState University Extension educator who has conducted EAB outreach work sincethe pest was first identified in Ohio in2003.
"Weare asking individuals to report any suspected findings of EAB by calling1-888-OHIO-EAB," she said.
As Labor Dayapproaches — and with it a new season of camping and other outdoor activities — Stone reminded Ohioans to consider the fate of ash trees and other importantnaturalresources by not moving firewood around the state.
"Transportinginfested or infected firewood can result in a dramatically more rapidspread of EAB and other harmful pests or diseases," Stone explained. "Whenit comes tofirewood, we are asking people to 'buy local and burn local.'Doing that will go a long way in protecting our natural resources."
Learn more about EAB by logging on tohttp://ashalert.osu.eduandhttp://emeraldashborer.info.