Tree-killing beetle invades western NC - FOX Carolina 21

Tree-killing beetle invades western NC

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Emerald ash borer (Source: Wikimedia) Emerald ash borer (Source: Wikimedia)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Agricultural officials in western North Carolina said a destructive, invasive insect has moved into the Asheville area.

The emerald ash borer is a beetle that bores into ash trees and consumes tissue beneath the bark, ultimately killing the tree. The metallic insets are expected to be active April through June. All native ash trees and native white fringetrees may be under attack.

Due to the presence of the emerald ash borer, which is an invasive species from Asia, the entire state of North Carolina is prohibited from moving ash plants, ash nursery stock and all hardwood firewood to surrounding non-quarantined states.

Emerald ash borers have been found in the following counties: Buncombe, Catawba, Davidson, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Graham, Granville, Guilford, Iredell, Johnston, Lincoln, Madison, Mecklenburg, Orange, Person, Randolph, Swain, Vance, Wake, Warren, Wayne, Wilson and Yancey.

For more information, visit the North Carolina Forest Service website.

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