What is the Emerald
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a non-native (invasive)
insect that was introduced into the United States by imported wood products
from Asia. The EAB has infested and
killed over 25 million ash trees in the United States. The EAB’s larvae enter an ash tree and feed
just under its bark eventually killing the infected tree. The first known EAB infestations were
documented in Michigan in 2002. Since
then the EAB has slowly spread throughout the eastern United States.
Emerald Ash Borer Emerald Ash Borer Larvae
Where is EAB in
there are 29 counties in Kentucky that are under quarantine for EAB. These counties include: Anderson, Bell, Boone, Bourbon, Boyd, Boyle,
Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Garrard, Grant,
Greenup, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Jefferson, Jessamine, Kenton, Oldham, Owen,
Pendleton, Pike, Rockcastle, Scott, Shelby, Trimble, Whitley, and Woodford.
What is KYTC Doing to Help Prevent the
Spread of EAB?
KYTC is being
proactive to help prevent the spread of EAB.
In the five KYTC Highway Districts that have been affected by EAB, a
program for actively treating ash trees with insecticide to help prevent
further EAB infestation has been implemented. Although KYTC cannot treat all ash trees on its
properties, it is actively treating prized mature individual ash trees and
mature stands of ash trees located in KYTC roadway right of way or located at one
of its managed properties.
that KYTC has implemented to help prevent the further spread of EAB is to
prohibit the movement of felled trees from a KYTC project or from a KYTC
maintenance activity that occurs in one of Kentucky’s quarantined counties.
can I help prevent the further spread of EAB?
quarantine for EAB prohibits regulated articles from being moved outside the
quarantined area without a certificate or limited permit. For detailed updated information regarding
these restrictions, please visit the University of Kentucky’s College of
most important thing you can do to prevent the further spread of EAB is not to
transport firewood from a quarantined to an un-quarantined county in Kentucky.
Additional Informational Links
Below are several web sites that provide a wealth of
additional informational regarding EAB.
Links to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s EAB web pages
include additional quarantine information, management strategies, and resource date.
This site provides additional information regarding EAB,
including management strategies, resource and research materials and
Finally, the U.S. National Arboretum provides another site
that contains updated EAB information.