Dangerous beetle arrives in Louisiana
BATON ROUGE - The emerald ash borer, a severe insect pest of ash trees, has been detected in Webster Parish, making Louisiana the 25th state to confirm the beetle's presence.
Emerald ash borer was first reported in the U.S. in Michigan in 2002. Since then, it has spread down the East Coast to North Carolina and Georgia, and west to Colorado. Most recently, it was found in southern Arkansas last July.
The beetle most likely entered the country in dunnage or wooden pallets.
Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says Louisiana's ash trees are mostly found along the Atchafalaya Basin and the Mississippi River Delta. A trap survey will resume in the spring when adult beetles become active. Survey results will help determine the extent of the beetle presence in the state.
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