Texas Summary:

Emerald ash borer (EAB) was confirmed in an isolated location in northeastern Texas in May of 2016. As of 2018, the EAB quarantine has expanded to include Harrison, Marion and Cass Counties and the beetle’s presence was confirmed in Tarrant County. It is illegal to transport firewood and ash products out of quarantined counties and into unquarantined areas.  Authorities in Texas advise that firewood should be bought and used locally to prevent new pests from entering Texas, and to prevent the spread of pests within the state. Much of Texas is under quarantine for Imported Fire Ant, and it is illegal to move any regulated item (firewood stored outdoors on the ground is considered a regulated item) out of this region. Parts of Texas have infestations of Mexican soapberry borer, an invasive species that kills native Western soapberry trees. Many Southern states have additional areas under quarantine for pests such as emerald ash borer, and it is illegal to move any regulated items such as firewood from quarantined zones out of those states and into Texas. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 19 September 2019.

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