Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) was first found infesting ash trees in the Detroit, Michigan, area in the summer of 2002. As of July 2021, it has been detected in 35 states and the District of Columbia.
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) rescinded the Nebraska EAB quarantine on October 29, 2020. USDA rescinded the federal EAB quarantine on January 14, 2021. However, a number of states continue to maintain state EAB quarantine or firewood specific quarantines. Please contact NDA prior to moving firewood to another state to determine certification requirements.
Additional information on EAB and Nebraska specific recommendations and guides can be found at www.eabne.info.
The emerald ash borer, or EAB, is native to Asia and is believed to have arrived in the United States on solid wood packing material sometime in the last 30+ years. The introduction of EAB to North America has resulted in the loss of millions of ash trees, in landscapes, nurseries, woodlots, and forests. Financial losses related to the removal and disposal of landscape trees, destruction of nursery stock, and damage to forests and woodlots, are estimated in the millions of dollars.
Think you have found EAB in Nebraska?
If you are in a non-infested county and think you have located an EAB infestation, please report it to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture at 402-471-2351, the Nebraska Forest Service at 402-472-2944 or your local USDA office at 402-434-2345.
Nebraskans are encouraged to contact a certified arborists to assist with EAB treatment and tree removal. Find local certified arborists through the Nebraska Arborists Association at https://nearborists.org/search-for-an-arborist/.