Emerald ash borer in Allen County;
The Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel
Published November 22, 2006
The emerald ash borer has spread to Allen County, bringing
to at least 12 the number of counties in the state infested
with the tree-killing pest, officials said.
The insect was confirmed at a city woodlot in Cedar Creek
Township a few miles north of Fort Wayne, the Department
of Natural Resources said Tuesday.
The agency said it planned to issue a quarantine on the
removal of ash products and some other wood products from
The quarantine will prohibit transportation of ash trees
and most ash tree products out of Allen County.
The ban will include ash nursery stock, ash logs or untreated
ash lumber with the bark attached; any type of firewood
except for pine; and any composted or uncomposted wood
chips or bark chips that are one inch or larger.
Other infestations of the pest, which is native to Asia,
have been found in Adams, Huntington, LaGrange, Lake,
Porter, St. Joseph and Steuben counties, along with Hamilton
and Marion counties in central Indiana, White County near
Lafayette and Randolph County near Muncie.
Large infestations of the insect have killed millions
of ash trees in Michigan, Ohio and Canada since the borer
was first found in the United States in 2002 near Detroit.
Adult beetles lay their eggs in a bark crevice, and hatched
larvae bore tiny holes to get inside. They then grow into
fat grubs that carve S-shaped tunnels through the layer
of wood tissue that transports a tree’s food and water,
killing infested trees in a few years.