Keep Hungry Pests at Home and Don't Pack Firewood This Summer
Invasive pests like emerald ash borer harm Michigan's natural resources
May 22, 2012
LANSING, MI - As part of National Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Awareness Week, May 20-26, 2012, the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) is urging travelers to leave their firewood at home and burn it when they buy it.
"The easiest way for an invasive insect to move around is on firewood. The accidental introduction or spread of potentially devastating forest pests such as the Asian longhorned beetle, hemlock woolly adelgid, oak wilt, and gypsy moth can occur through firewood movement," said Gina Alessandri, MDARD's Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division Director. "Firewood should be purchased as close to where it is going to be used as possible. If you are camping and purchase firewood, don't take unused firewood home with you or to your next camp site. Take a stand against potentially devastating pests and burn it where you buy it."
National EAB Awareness Week helps emphasize the need for continued cooperation and support from citizens, tourists, communities, government, and industry partners related to preventing the spread of EAB, but also offers the opportunity to highlight the potential damage other exotic, invasive pests can have such as Asian Longhorned Beetle, beech bark disease, thousand cankers disease of black walnut and many others.
Michigan will be participating in the 2012 National EAB survey - a collaborative effort between the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and 46 other state departments of agriculture or natural resources to look for EAB. MDARD, in cooperation with the Houghton/Keweenaw Conservation District, will be deploying 260 purple sticky traps to act as EAB detection tools. The purple traps contain a special bait to lure EAB and are extremely sticky on the outside so it will not be able to fly away once it lands. The traps will placed in Dickinson, Gogebic, Iron, Menominee, and Ontonagon counties in the Upper Peninsula.
Michigan residents and visitors are urged to learn about EAB and adhere to the State's quarantine banning the transport of not only hardwood firewood but also ash trees, ash logs and lumber with bark, and hardwood wood chips greater than one inch in diameter from quarantined areas. Quarantine violators face fines/penalties ranging from $1,000 up to $250,000 and face up to five years in jail if found guilty of transporting hardwood firewood and other regulated articles out of the quarantine zones or from the Lower Peninsula into the Upper Peninsula.