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Subject: Emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), discovered in Fairfax County, Virginia
Date posted: February 02, 2004
Source: Fairfax County Virginia General News
A tree nursery owner in Michigan violated federal quarantine rules and shipped ash trees (Fraxinus spp.) infested with Agrilus planipennis, emerald ash borer (EAB), to a nursery in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Sixteen of the infested trees were planted at a new elementary school in nearby Fairfax County, Virginia. All of the trees were removed and incinerated. Examination of the trees by Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services prior to destruction revealed exit holes in the bark characteristic of EAB. In an effort to prevent spread of the EAB in Virginia, ash trees within a half-mile radius of the initial infestation site will be destroyed. Ash trees comprise a small percentage of Fairfax County’s tree population.


For the full story, see:

http://www.co.fairfax.va.us/news/default.htm

For more information on the EAB, see the following:

Agrilus planipennis Pest Alert

PAS News Story 09/05/03

PAS News Story 05/16/03

PAS News Story 03/07/03

PAS News Story 10/02/02