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State beetle quarantine expanded

Jun 21, 2013 -- 3:00pm

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has expanded the state's quarantine regulating the movement of many ash wood products after an invasive insect was found in two new Missouri counties. It’s an effort to reduce the spread of the emerald ash borer, a half-inch long emerald green-colored beetle, now includes Bollinger and Pulaski counties. The expansion comes as a result of borers during routine survey efforts this month. The insect has already been found at Wappapello Lake in Wayne County and in Reynolds, Madison and Platte counties. Affected products include any part of an ash tree, from logs and green lumber, to compost, bark and chips, as well as ash nursery stock and all hardwood firewood. The spread is attributed to people transporting it under the bark of firewood, logs and tree debris. Information is available online at eab.missouri.edu

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