The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis, in the Municipalité régionale de comté (MRC) de Papineau, Québec. The beetle was discovered in a trap placed in the township of Lochaber by the Ministère des Ressources naturelles du Québec.
Movement restrictions which prohibit the movement of all ash materials such as logs, branches, and wood chips, as well as all species of firewood from the affected site, have been put in place. The property owner of the affected site has been notified of these restrictions. Further regulatory measures will be considered once all survey work is completed.
With this find, EAB has now been confirmed to be present in seven areas in Québec, and in 27 Ontario counties. The CFIA continues to work with federal, provincial, and municipal governments towards slowing the spread of EAB.
Under IPPC Standards (e.g. ISPM No. 8), EAB is considered present only in some areas of Ontario and Québec and is subject to official control in Canada.
Additional information is available on the CFIA website at www.inspection.gc.ca/pests or by calling 1-866-463-6017.