February 2010

02/25/2010 4:04 PM
Posted by: S. Volkman

It turns out that the Asian longhorned beetle has been useful for one thing recently. And it’s not what you might expect—a drug bust.

In an unexpected twist of fate, Canadian border patrol agents on alert for invasive pests wound up nabbing drug smugglers for 1.7 tons of hashish. The drugs were hidden—convincingly— in a 19 crate shipment of masks and statues from South Africa.

But the would-be drug smugglers’ plans were foiled by the wood used in the crates. Authorities flagged the wood to check for any pests attempting to hitch a ride into the country.

02/11/2010 4:04 PM
Posted by: S. Volkman

As the Emerald Ash Borer and Asian longhorned beetles threaten to creep their way closer to Maine, legislatures are moving towards prevention before it’s too late.

Maine Representative Jeff McCabe introduced a bill last week to restrict the transport of firewood in the state, citing the movement of firewood as “one of the most frequent ways for insects to be moved to new locations.”

Among other things, he notes the pests’ threat to maple trees in his home county – Somerset, Maine—the number one producer of maple syrup in the United States.

02/04/2010 7:00 PM
Posted by: S. Volkman

The state of Ohio just expanded its emerald ash borer quarantine to include 14 more counties -- and they mean business.


Fines are up to $4,000 for moving ash trees, parts of ash trees, and all hardwood firewood into or out of the restricted 67 counties in Ohio. Just one more reason not to move firewood!


But no matter what state you live in, the lesson is the same: Moving firewood helps tree-killing pests like the emerald ash borer move from one town to the next.


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