Jeffrey Hahn, Asst. Extension Entomologist
With a stroke of his pen, Governor Mark Dayton signed a proclamation officially declaring May 22 - 28 as EAB (Emerald Ash Borer) Week in Minnesota. This is a good opportunity to remind people that EAB is still a serious pest that threatens our state's nearly 1 billion ash trees. That week also corresponds with the official start to camping season as people travel for the Memorial Day weekend.
The theme for EAB Awareness Week is 'Keep our trees safe. Use MDA (Minnesota Department of Agriculture) certified or local firewood.' This is such a critical message for people to understand that the one of the most important methods for EAB to be transported into areas that are uninfested is through firewood. That is why people are strongly encouraged to leave their firewood at home and buy from local, approved firewood vendors.
Currently EAB is known only in Ramsey, Hennepin, and Houston counties. MDA has enacted quarantines in these counties to try to prevent infested ash product from moving out of these areas and into uninfested sites. To supplement this effort, MDA also continues to conduct surveys using purple traps to try to detect EAB soon after it enters an area. They have also enacted management strategies to slow the rate of spread of EAB
Citizens can also help by reporting insects they suspect are EAB and potentially EAB infested ash trees. If you think you have discovered EAB go to this step by step guide. If you can still can not rule this invasive pest out by the end of the page, then contact the University of Minnesota Forest Resources Extension who will put you in contact with someone that can help you determine whether you have EAB.
For more information on EAB, see the University of Minnesota Extension EAB web site.