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Quarantine for Emerald Ash Borers Expanded to Entire State
 
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has expanded its quarantine to control the spread of Emerald Ash Borers to the entire state.  Under this statewide quarantine, the regulated articles, which include ash trees, green (non-heat treated) ash lumber and ash wood products, as well as hardwood firewood, are no longer subject to localized movement restrictions and may now move freely within the state.
 
For additional information about the Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine call the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at 804.786.3515.  
 
 
Emerald ash borers (EAB) are originally from eastern Russia, northern China, Japan, and Korea.  The original infestations were found in 2002 near Detroit, Michigan, and traveled to Maryland and northern Virginia from Michigan in some infested nursery trees.  Their populations are increasing rapidly because they have no effective predators here. They have already killed tens of millions of trees in North America, and show no signs of stopping.  By the end of 2011 they will have killed more trees than Dutch Elm Disease.
 
EAB attacks all species of ash, and causes 99% mortality.  The most damaging stage of their life cycle is the larval stage, when they tunnel around under the bark of the tree, feeding on the xylem and phloem.  After that they pupate, emerge as adults through distinctive 1/8 inch D shaped exit holes, disperse, mate, and lay eggs on the bark of ash trees, starting the process all over again.
 
What is Prince William County doing about this?
The Mosquito & Forest Pest Management Branch is currently monitoring for EAB, using large sticky purple traps.  You may have seen them hanging around the county.   They contain a lure that smells like sick ash trees to the insect.  EAB fly to the trap thinking it is a tree, and then get stuck on the purple sticky outside. Traps are used only for monitoring, not for reducing their numbers.  They will not attract EAB from other areas to your property.  The traps will only tell us if EAB are already present in or very near the tree in which it is hanging.  Due to the lifecycle of the EAB, the traps are put up by May 1 and stay up until September. 

  

 

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14879 Dumfries Road
Manassas, VA 20112
Phone: 703-792-6279
Fax: 703-791-3092
Email: gypsymothmosquito@pwcgov.org