NASHVILLE – Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect that destroys ash trees, has been found in Greene, Campbell and Cocke counties. These areas are all adjacent to counties already under an EAB quarantine. The identification was made recently and has been confirmed by USDA.
“The spring, summer Emerald Ash Borer surveys are in full swing to determine the extent of the infestation,” said Gray Haun, TDA Plant Certification Administrator. “We will be working closely with federal officials and other stakeholders to take steps to limit its spread when found and protect our forest resources and urban landscapes.”
EAB attacks only ash trees. It is believed to have been introduced into the Detroit, Mich. area 15 to 20 years ago on wood packing material from Asia. Since then, the destructive insect has killed millions of ash trees across several states including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.