Authorities in Delaware advise that firewood should be bought and used locally to prevent the spread of pests within the state. In August 2016, an emerald ash borer (EAB) was found in a trap in Delaware, making the state the 28th to confirm the presence of this insect and in 2018 further populations were confirmed in New Castle County. It is now included in the federally mandated quarantine for EAB along with 35 other states and the District of Columbia. In November 2017, a single Spotted lanternfly was confirmed in New Castle County, underscoring the importance of not moving firewood into Delaware from the southeastern portion of Pennsylvania. As of 2019 a quarantine has been placed on parts of New Castle county to try and halt the spread of the lanternfly. Delaware State Parks ban out of state firewood from their properties. All the states in the general region near Delaware have at least one federally regulated pest under quarantine (including emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, Asian longhorned beetle, and more), and it is very important to not bring out of state firewood into the state of Delaware. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 18 September 2019.
Delaware Web Resources:
- Delaware State Parks camping firewood policy
- Delaware Invasive Species Council
- Delaware Department of Agriculture Firewood Pests and Regulation Powerpoint Presentation
- Emerald Ash Borer Federal Quarantine and Authorized Transit Map
- Spotted Lanternfly Emergency Quarantine Map
- Article: Emerald ash borers discovered in Delaware, August 23 2016
- Emerald Ash Borer in Delaware, State of Delaware Department of Agriculture
- Spotted Lanternfly, Delaware Department of Agriculture
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