All Ohio Counties Quarantined

by Kelly Mills on September 8, 2010 at 3:54 am

Every county in Ohio is now under emerald ash borer quarantine.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture made the announcement Wednesday, citing the confirmations of the emerald ash borer in Wayne National Forest and infestations in surrounding states as part of its reasoning for the statewide quarantine.

The Department of Agriculture says the quarantine will allow for easier transport of ash materials and hardwood firewood around the state, but it warns Ohioans should still use caution.

A federal quarantine remains in effect and it is illegal to transport ash trees, parts of ash trees, and hardwood firewood out of the state.

The emerald ash borer is a wood-boring beetle. Ash trees infected with the bug typically die within five years.