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Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer threatens America's ash trees. Promise you won't move firewood.

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The Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis or EAB) is responsible for the destruction of tens of millions of ash trees in 19 states in the Midwest and Northeast. Native to Asia, it likely arrived in the United States hidden in wood packing materials. The first U.S. identification of Emerald Ash Borer was in southeastern Michigan in 2002. It is especially dangerous because there is no known treatment for EAB infestations – trees must be felled and the wood disposed of.

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QUICK FACTS

Where Is the Threat?

  • The beetle is currently found in Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

  • See Pest Tracker for details >

What's at Risk?

  • Green ash

  • Curry leaf

  • White ash

  • Blue ash

  • Black ash

Source of the Threat

  • Firewood

  • Hardwood wood products

  • Infested ash plantings and trees

  • Ash wood packing material

  • Ash wood debris and trimmings, including chips

  • These materials can spread the infestation even if no beetles are visible.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Yellow, thin or wilted foliage

  • Unusual woodpecker presence and pecking holes

  • D-shaped beetle exit holes

  • Shoots growing from roots or a tree's trunk, often with larger-than-normal leaves

What You Can Do


















What You Can Do

  • Don't move firewood. EAB larvae can survive hidden in the bark of firewood. Remember: buy local, burn local.

  • Inspect your trees. If you see any sign or symptom of an EAB infestation, contact your State agriculture agency.

  • Talk to friends, neighbors and co-workers about EAB and what they should be aware of on their trees.

  • Ask questions. If you receive ash nursery stock or firewood, know its point of origin and your supplier, as larvae could be hiding under the bark.

  • Know State and Federal regulations. Make sure you understand regulations that govern your state and those you may visit.

  • Know the quarantines in your area and learn to leave Hungry Pests behind.