Official Pest Report

Official Pest Reports are provided by National Plant Protection Organizations within the NAPPO region. These Pest Reports are intended to comply with the International Plant Protection Convention's Standard on Pest Reporting, endorsed by the Interim Commission on Phytosanitary Measures in March 2002.

Quarantine of entire state of Indiana for Pine Shoot Beetle (Tomicus piniperda)

Country: United States

Title: Quarantine of entire state of Indiana for Pine Shoot Beetle (Tomicus piniperda)

Joseph Beckwith, Regional Program Manager, at (919) 855-7345 or Dr. Brendon Reardon, National Program Manager, at (301) 734-5705

Report: Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding the entire State of Indiana to the list of quarantined areas for pine shoot beetle (PSB), Tomicus piniperda. Prior to this action, APHIS established quarantine areas in 68 Indiana counties, and the State of Indiana established and enforced an equivalent State-level quarantine. However, in June 2011, Indiana elected to rescind its PSB quarantine. For this reason, APHIS is establishing the entire State of Indiana as a quarantine area in order to prevent the spread of PSB to other states.

These actions are necessary to restrict the movement of PSB-host material. The Federal Order describes the expanded quarantine area, along with the associated reference to the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 7 CFR §301.50, which lists the provisions for the movement of PSB-host material.

PSB is an introduced pest of pines. It was first discovered in the United States at a Christmas tree farm near Cleveland, Ohio, in 1992. PSB can cause severe decline in the health of the trees, and in some cases, kill the trees when high populations exist.

Under IPPC standards, Tomicus piniperda is considered to be a pest that is present only in some areas, and subject to official control in the United States.

Posted Date: Sept. 2, 2011, 9 a.m.