Nashville, TN – White County is the latest in Tennessee to be quarantined for an invasive pest targeting ash trees.
Officials have detected Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in the eastern section of White County. An adult EAB beetle was recently captured in a trap near Old Railroad Grade Road. With this discovery, White County joins 48 other counties in quarantine with a prohibition on the movement of ash trees and ash tree products.EAB is a destructive forest pest that was introduced from Asia into the United States in the 1990s.
It was first detected in Tennessee in July 2010. EAB beetles can kill an ash tree within three years of the initial infestation.
Humans tend to contribute to the spread of EAB, unknowingly transporting the insects through infected nursery stock, firewood, unprocessed saw logs, and other ash products.
Citizens should report any symptomatic ash trees to TDA and follow these simple rules:
- Don’t transport any firewood, even within the state.
- Use firewood from local sources near where it will be burned.
- If you purchase firewood, make sure that it is labeled and certified to be pest free.
- Watch for signs of infestation in your ash trees.
Click here for a symptoms checklist and a map of quarantined counties.
TDA’s Division of Forestry estimates that there are 261 million ash trees on public and private land in Tennessee, potentially valued as high as $9 billion.
For more information about EAB and other destructive forest pests, as well as tips for infestation prevention, visit www.protecttnforests.org.