Emerald Ash Borer Beetle Quarantine

Wood and Portage counties have been placed under a quarantineEAB Picture for the emerald ash borer beetle, after the tree-killing pest was discovered in Stevens Point.

Not only is it likely that Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) beetle is present in Wood County at low levels that are difficult to detect, but historic patterns of wood movement into the county, and the fact that it is a wood utilization center, make it practical to quarantine it along with Portage County,” said Brian Kuhn, director of the Plant Industry Bureau in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. The bureau administers plant pest quarantines.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) issued a press release earlier this week, imposing the quarantine, which prohibits ash wood products and hardwood firewood from being moved to areas that are not quarantined.

For businesses handling wood products that could carry EAB, this means that they must work with DATCP to assure that they are not transporting the pest to non-quarantine counties. For private citizens, a quarantine means that residents may not take firewood from these counties to non-quarantine counties.

Click here to read the complete press release.

Click here for a Complete Homeowners Guide on EAB,, including: information on how to identify ash trees, signs and symptoms of EAB, insecticide treatments and ash wood processing.

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