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SC imposes emergency quarantine on some wood products due to invasive insect

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Emerald ash borer (Source: Wikimedia) Emerald ash borer (Source: Wikimedia)
CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

South Carolina has declared a statewide emergency quarantine on certain wood products due to an invasion of the Emerald Ash Borer, an insect pest that lives in and destroys native ash trees. 

Clemson's Department of Plant Industry will regulate the  movement of the wood and wood products that serve as hosts for the Emerald Ash Borer between states during the quarantine. 

The state will be added to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's federal quarantine that limits interstate shipping of ash wood, wood products and hardwood firewood. 

In a press release, Steve Cole, director of Regulatory and Public Service Programs at Clemson, stated that the quarantine will be in place until the legislature can assess the issue. 

Tim Drake, State Entomologist at Clemson, stated that ash wood trees are mostly used as ornamental trees along streets or in yards. According to Drake, the trees in this area are more vulnerable to the insect because of the drought. 

If you think your tree has been infected, contact the Department of Plant Industry at 864-656-9999. 

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