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EAB Confirmed in Lafayette County
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/22/2015

Emerald ash borer has been confirmed in Yellowstone Lake State Park, the first time the pest has been found in Lafayette County. The county has been under quarantine for EAB since July 2014, so this new find does not change anything from a regulatory standpoint.

"We quarantined Lafayette County last July, along with Richland, Iowa and Green counties, even though we had no confirmed findings of EAB in those counties," said Brian Kuhn, director of the Bureau of Plant Industry in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture. "This block of counties was surrounded at that point by quarantined counties. Along with historic patterns of movement of wood products, that led us to suspect that EAB was present in low numbers that are difficult to detect."

EAB has also now been confirmed in Green County. That confirmation came in April.

In the Lafayette County find, forest health staff from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources found four adult EAB beetles June 15 in a trap set in the park as part of a routine monitoring program. DATCP sent the sample to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for official confirmation, which was received June 17.

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