Posts tagged NCDA&CS Plant Industry Division

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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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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Winter laurel wilt survey results: Minimum range expansion documented

As some trees fight for the arrival of spring by beginning to produce buds, the laurel wilt winter survey season comes to a close. Laurel wilt, a devastating disease of redbay and other plants in the laurel family, has already been found in six N.C. counties. The disease is best surveyed for in the winter […]

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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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Save the Date for BugFest 2013!

Each year, thousands of arthropod enthusiasts crowd the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh to celebrate the 6-, 8-, 10- or more-legged creatures that we all either love or love to hate. Recently added to Trip Advisors’ list of “Top Ten Wacky U.S. Summer Events,” BugFest has it all: exhibits, bands, games, scientific […]

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Today’s Topic: N.C. becomes 20th state affected by emerald ash borer

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” North Carolina recently joined a club it would rather not be a member of. The state became the 20th in the country to confirm the presence of the emerald ash borer. The N.C. Forest Service and NCDA&CS […]

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Emerald ash borer found for the first time in North Carolina

On May 28, the N.C. Forest Service was un-warmly welcomed back from the long holiday weekend.  During a standard check of emerald ash borer traps in Granville County, Forest Health staff and county personnel found the first evidence of emerald ash borer in North Carolina. N.C. Forest Service and NCDA&CS Plant Industry Division checked neighboring […]

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Emerald ash borer detected in load of logs from Pennsylvania

There is a little bug that does big damage to ash trees. The emerald ash borer came from Russia and Asia, but has made its home in parts of the U.S. and Canada. North Carolina is not host to the beetle yet, but agriculture officials admit it’s just a matter of time before the destructive […]

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Today’s Topic: NCDA&CS helps N.C. businesses keep exports moving

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” International purchases of North Carolina agricultural products help boost farm income and support jobs. But exporting many of these products wouldn’t be possible without documents known as phytosanitary certificates. These certificates ensure that a product meets the […]

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