Emerald Ash Borer Found in Thunder Bay

Posted by on Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has discovered the presence of emerald ash borer in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
This marks the first find outside of the current regulated area which includes all of southern Ontario up to Algoma, Nipissing and Greater Sudbury areas as well as counties in Quebec.

Since it has been found the movement of all ash material such as logs, branches, and wood chips, as well as all species of firewood from the affected site, is restricted.

Although EAB poses no threat to human health, it is a highly destructive beetle. It has already killed millions of ash trees in Ontario, Quebec and the United States, and poses a major economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas of North America. 

The emerald ash borer is native to China and eastern Asia. It was first confirmed in Canada in 2002.

Agrilus planipennis, commonly known as the emerald ash borer, is a green jewel beetle native to eastern Asia that feeds on ash species. In its native range, it is typically found at low densities and is not considered a significant pest.



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