EAB quarantine expanded across entire state

Emerald ash borer (Image courtesy MGN Online)

MADISON (WLUK) -- To stop the spread of the emerald ash borer, state officials are telling residents not to move firewood between counties.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced Wednesday the entire state is now under quarantine for the invasive beetles.

The statewide quarantine begins Friday.

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Officials say the emerald ash borer has been found in 48 out of the state's 72 counties.

"The county-by-county quarantines have helped slow the spread of EAB over the past decade,” said Brian Kuhn, director of DATCP’s Plant Industry Bureau. “They gave communities time to plan and spread the costs of removing and replacing trees on a schedule ahead of the infestation.”

While under a statewide quarantine, it is recommended campers and other tourists buy firewood near the campgrounds of cabins where they intend to bur it or buy firewood with the DATCP-certified mark, meaning it has been seasoned or heat-treated to kill pests.

The emerald ash borer is native to China and kills ash trees. It was first found in Wisconsin in 2008.

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