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Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus Planipennis), an ash tree-killing insect from Asia, was identified in Ohio in 2003. The department has been battling the pest through detection, regulation, and public outreach in an attempt to protect the state's more than 3.8 billion ash trees over the past decade. The pest has since spread from the initial detection in near Toledo to nearly all other parts of the state. Because the pest is established throughout most of Ohio, including Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and the Wayne National Forest, there are no longer quarantine regulations in place for emerald ash borer within the state. Despite the fact that the Ohio quarantine has been lifted, to prevent the spread of EAB and other pests, it is still recommended that Ohioans continue to exercise caution when moving firewood.
EAB kills ash trees within three to five years of infestation. Adults are dark metallic green, 1/2 inch in length and 1/8 inch wide, and fly only from mid-May to September. Larvae spend the rest of the year developing beneath the bark. If you believe your trees to be infested and would like to learn more about treatment or removal of your ash trees, please visit the Ohio State University Cooperative Extension Program’s EAB website at http://ashalert.osu.edu or go to http://www.emeraldashborer.info for more information.
If you have questions about interstate movement of ash logs or lumber please contact USDA - APHIS Ohio EAB Program at (614) 322-4700.
Emerald Ash Borer FAQ's
Q. Can someone look at my tree?
A. The Department of Agriculture is not currently sending officials out to look at suspected emerald ash borer damage. It is recommended that homeowners contact a certified arborist to have their trees inspected, and choose an appropriate course of action based on this inspection.
Q. Is there any financial assistance for homeowners with infested Ash trees?
A. There are currently no financial assistance programs available through the Department of Agriculture to assist with tree removals or insecticide applications.
Q. What can I do with firewood generated from tree removals?
A. Firewood can be utilized by the homeowner for campfires, fireplaces, heating, etc. Homeowners are encouraged to burn the wood locally (within your county), as quarantines for other pests are still in place. Maps of Gypsy moth and Asian Longhorned Beetle Quarantined counties can be found at here
Q. Do I need to report an EAB infestation on my tree?
A. Only counties of which there is no official report and confirmation of EAB need be reported. Please refer to the map at the following link to determine if your county has a confirmed EAB presence: here.
Q. What treatment options are available to help save my Ash trees?
A. Please refer to the OSU extension website for various treatment options: www.ashalert.osu.edu