Surveys to determine the extent of the newly discovered Asian longhorned beetle were begun today, after the destructive beetle was confirmed by USDA officials. Here at Don't Move Firewood, we are really, really sad to hear this. Ohio has already been hit with the emerald ash borer, and for the Asian longhorned beetle to be found there is an enormous blow to that community. For more information, please visit-
Ohio Dept of Agriculture General Beetle Site: http://www.agri.ohio.gov/asianbeetle/
Today's Press Release: http://www.agri.ohio.gov/asianbeetle/docs/Adult_Detection_ALB.pdf
Also, I feel like it is worth mentioning that once again, this beetle was found by a member of the public. To whoever it was that saw their trees looking damaged and reported it- GOOD WORK. We should all be alert!
NOTE: Earlier this week, this blog entry erroneously stated that there was a quarantine in place for this ALB infestation. That is not true-
the correct status is that State and Federal Officials are working to establish a quarantine for the infested area in the near future. However, even in the absence of an official quarantine, it is critically important to not move any firewood or other untreated wood in Ohio until the extent of the problem is understood. Thank you!