(SHOALS) - A beetle that kills ash trees now has been found in Martin County.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says the emerald ash borer has been detected in Martin County near the Lawrence County line on U.S. 50. and in Vigo County, on the Indiana State University campus.
The first detected in Indiana in 2004 has spread largely through the movement of firewood in campgrounds.
The primary mode of transport for this pest is through movement of firewood in campgrounds.
An emerald ash borer quarantine now regulates the movement of ash and lumber and firewood of any hardwood species with the bark attached.
Martin County is in the process of being included in the quarantine area.
The quarantine regulates the movement of certain materials such as whole ash trees, ash limbs, untreated ash lumber with the bark attached, and cut firewood of any hardwood species with the bark attached. Moving regulated materials out of the quarantined area requires a compliance agreement from the DNR.
Movement of regulated materials within the quarantined area is not restricted. However, DNR recommends against moving regulated material from April 15 through July when the insect is emerging and flying to find trees to infest. Moving regulated materials during this time helps spread the insect to new areas.
Visitors can bring firewood onto DNR properties if it is certified by the USDA or DNR Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology, or is free of bark.
An application for a compliance agreement can be filed by contacting the DNR Entomology & Plant Pathology at (317) 232-4120. To view quarantined areas and EAB sightings in Indiana, see dnr.IN.gov/entomolo/5349.htm.
For more information on EAB, or to report an infestation, visit eabindiana.info or call Indiana DNR's toll-free hotline at 1-866-NO EXOTIC (663-9684). To view the EAB Rule and EAB quarantine declaration visit dnr.IN.gov/entomolo/3443.htm.
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