Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Regulated Area Expands to Include Entire State of North Carolina

— Written By Carol Hicks

On Nov 2, 2015, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) added all of North Carolina to the list of regulated areas for the emerald ash borer (EAB). APHIS is taking this action at North Carolina’s request in response to the detections of EAB in multiple counties throughout North Carolina.

To prevent the spread of EAB to other states, a Federal Order outlines specific conditions for the interstate movement of EAB-regulated articles from the quarantined areas in North Carolina. Specifically, the interstate movement of EAB-host wood and wood products from the quarantined areas in North Carolina is regulated, including firewood of all hardwood species, nursery stock, green lumber, waste, compost, and chips of ash species.

EAB is an invasive wood-boring beetle that is native to China and other areas of East Asia. The beetle is present in some portions of the United States, and because of its continuing spread, APHIS has established regulated areas that are designated in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 7 CFR 301.53-3 and the Federal Orders located at: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/planthealth/eab_quarantine

The interstate movement of firewood from quarantined areas is an especially high-risk pathway for the spread of EAB. Therefore, APHIS works with state cooperatorsand foresters to prevent the human assisted movement of EAB, develop biological and other controls for EAB, and raise public awareness about this pest and the potential threats associated with the long-distance movement of firewood.

Learn more about EAB by visiting the North Carolina Forest Service website.

Emerald Ash Borer Photograph from Bugwood.org

Emerald Ash Borer
Photograph from Bugwood.org