Emerald Ash Borer in Arkansas
Do Not Transport Firewood from place to place or you might be moving invasive pests
like the Emerald Ash Borer!
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Arkansas Agriculture Department, State Plant Board declared a statewide
quarantine for ash items as of March 27, 2018. Regulated articles can be moved within the the state, but cannot move outside of the state without complying with the federal EAB regulations.
What is the emerald ash borer?
- The emerald ash borer is an insect native to Asia but not to the US
- It attacks and kills ash trees
- Nearly 100% of ash trees are killed in infested areas
- Emerald ash borer larvae destroy the cambium of ash trees
- The beetle also has been found in white fringetree in Ohio
- Ash, a valuable hardwood in our forests, will likely be all but eradicated from Arkansas.
Image: Leah Bauer, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, Bugwood.org
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What does the emerald ash borer look like?
- Adult emerald ash borer beetles are bright metallic green but rarely seen in the wild
- Adult beetles are up to ½-inch long
- Larva can range from 1/10 to 1-1/4 inch long
- Larva are white to cream colored with 11 body segments
- Most of the larval body segments are approximately bell shaped
Images: David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org
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Who spreads the emerald ash borer?
- Adult emerald ash borer can more short distances (up to 1 mile) by flight
- People move emerald ash borer long distances by moving firewood
Image: Troy Kimoto, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Bugwood.org
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How will the emerald ash borer affect you?
- Loss of ash wood products from the markets
- Loss of ornamental ash and associated removal cost
- Increased taxes to pay for city and county governments to remove hazardous ash trees
- Increased energy costs due to loss of shade trees
Image: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Forestry ,
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What are the symptoms of an emerald ash borer infestation?
- Dead branches in the crown of an ash
- Basal sprouting
- Increased woodpecker activity
- Loosening bark
- Galleries cut under the bark
Image: Eric R. Day, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Bugwood.org
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What can we do about the emerald ash borer?
- Be aware of declining ash in your area and report them
- Don’t move firewood
- Honor ash quarantines
- If emerald ash borer is found near you, treat ash trees you wish to keep
Image: International Society of Arboriculture, International Society of Arboriculture,
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Where is the emerald ash borer?
- It was first found in the US near Detroit, MI, in 2002
- It was found near Poplar Bluff, MO, in 2008
- It was found in southwest Arkansas in 2014
- It is currently known in seventeen counties in southwest and northeast Arkansas
Image: From emeraldashborer.info
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