The emerald ash borer, a beautiful but extremely destructive, exotic insect pest, has now been detected in North Carolina. These beetles kill ash trees by feeding on the trunks. So far Person, Granville, and Vance Counties are under a quarantine. Since Emerald Ash Borer eggs or larva could be in the wood, no movement of ash trees or ash wood products, or of hardwood firewood, is allowed from these counties.
For more information, including who to contact if you find an Emerald Ash Borer, see the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Press Release June 17, 2013
Additional information can be found on the NC Forest Service Emerald Ash Borer FAQ page.
Thanks to Mike Munster at the NCSU Plant Disease and Insect Clinic for sharing this information
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