Posts tagged Emerald Ash Borer

Today’s Topic: Buy firewood locally to prevent spread of invasive insects

  Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” When you hear the phrase “Buy local,” it typically refers to food. But folks should be looking for another local product as we get into winter: firewood. The NCDA&CS encourages people to buy firewood locally because […]

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Emerald ash borer trapping: No new counties detected

As we head into the fall season full of football, autumn colors and Thanksgiving, we already have one thing to be thankful for:  summer trapping for the emerald ash borer did not detect the invasive, tree-killing beetle in any new counties in the state. But don’t get too excited just yet. Although 2014 trapping did […]

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Beetle-trapping wasps help track potentially invasive pests such as the emerald ash borer

Little League, school and travel-club baseball teams are not the only ones making use of baseball diamonds these days. Some fields are also home to Cerceris fumipennis, a native, non-stinging wasp that bores brood nests into the ground to lay lay its eggs on the beetles it traps and brings to the lair. To look […]

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Flying purple beetle eaters: Emerald ash borer traps hung across the state

You may have already seen them along roadsides: 3-feet-tall purple prisms, hanging in trees. No, there’s not a child crying somewhere about his lost kite. These are traps for the emerald ash borer, an invasive tree-killing insect detected in North Carolina for the first time last year. Between 1,300 and 1,400 traps are currently being […]

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Emerald ash borer-fighting wasps continue to be released

Almost a year ago, the emerald ash borer was detected in North Carolina for the first time. The invasive beetle, which bores into and kills ash trees, was found in four N.C. counties in 2013 (Granville, Person, Vance and Warren). From September to early November of last year, the N.C. Forest Service released wasps to […]

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A wasp biosurveillance program provides new way to monitor for emerald ash borer, other pests

You may have already heard about the invasive emerald ash borer (EAB) and the havoc it is wreaking throughout the Midwest, Eastern U.S. and Canada. It is a beetle belonging to the family Buprestidae (metallic-wood-boring beetles), which contains a number of tree pests. Unfortunately, new infestations of EAB are often not detected until they are […]

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News Roundup: Jan. 24-31

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to the full story. “Column: Forest health concerns,” Hendersonville Times-News: Certainly one of the treasures of Western North Carolina is the abundant forests […]

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Finding emerald ash borer in the winter—what to look for

Since the emerald ash borer was first found in North Carolina last summer, forestry and plant health specialists have been on the lookout to determine the extent and spread of this tree killing pest.  Keeping track of the presence and movement of emerald ash borer is important in the understanding of the pest and developing […]

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Sting like a wasp: Small wasps released to attack invasive emerald ash borer

Earlier this year, the emerald ash borer was found in North Carolina for the first time. Dead and dying ash trees are already found in four N.C. counties and the beetle is likely to continue spreading. This wood-boring insect, which is native to Asia, was found in Michigan in 2002 and has rapidly spread throughout the […]

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News Roundup: Sept. 28-Oct. 4

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to the full story “Wood pellet facility at Morehead City port poised for approval by NC Council of State,” The (Columbus, Ind.) Republic: […]

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