Agrilus planipennis (Emerald Ash Borer) – Updated regulated areas in the United States
Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding all of Connecticut and all of Massachusetts, to the list of regulated areas for the emerald ash borer (EAB). APHIS is taking this action in response to the detection of EAB in Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, and New London Counties, and to the detections of EAB in multiple counties throughout Massachusetts. To prevent the spread of EAB to other states, a Federal Order outlines specific conditions for the interstate movement of EAB-regulated articles from the quarantined areas in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Specifically, the interstate movement of EAB-host wood and wood products from the quarantined areas in Connecticut and Massachusetts is regulated, including firewood of all hardwood species, nursery stock, green lumber, waste, compost, and chips of ash species. EAB is an invasive wood-boring beetle that is native to China and other areas of East Asia. The beetle is present in some portions of the United States, and because of its continuing spread, APHIS has established regulated areas that are designated in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 7 CFR 301.53-3 and the Federal Orders located at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/planthealth/eab_quarantine The interstate movement of firewood from quarantine areas is an especially high-risk pathway for the spread of EAB. Therefore, APHIS works with state cooperators and foresters to prevent the human assisted movement of EAB, develop biological and other controls for EAB, and raise public awareness about this pest and the potential threats associated with the long-distance movement of firewood. Under IPPC Standards, Agrilus planipennis is considered to be a pest that is present in some parts of the United States and subject to official control to prevent further spread.