Emerald ash borer confirmed in Marathon County

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MADISON (NEWS RELEASE) -- Emerald ash borer has been confirmed in Marathon County, and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will quarantine the county as a result.

According the the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, a tree care service found infested trees on private property along the Wisconsin River in the Town of Rib Mountain, adjacent to the city of Wausau. Specimens were identified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Tuesday, Oct. 10.

"Although we have now found EAB in well over half the counties in Wisconsin, much of the area in those counties remains uninfested. Human activity has caused these scattered infestations, not natural spread of the insect.

So, it's still important for people not to move firewood out of infested areas, even within their own quarantined counties," said Brian Kuhn, director of the Plant Industry Bureau within DATCP.

That precaution can delay introduction to new areas of quarantined counties for years. For private citizens, the quarantine means that they cannot take firewood from quarantined counties to non-quarantined counties.

For businesses handling wood products that could carry EAB, it means that they must work with DATCP to assure that their products are pest-free before shipping.

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