Emerald Ash Borer Now Confirmed in Maine!
The very destructive Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis), or EAB for short, is an invasive, metallic green beetle native to Asia which until May of this year (2018) had not been found in Maine. It was confirmed in Madawaska on May 22nd by a joint DACF – U.S. Forest Service (USFS) team (find the story here). It was confirmed in Vermont (in February of this year; 2018) so it has now been found in at least 33 states.
Our forest service officials at the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry, would still like people to familiarize themselves with the Signs and Symptoms of Emerald Ash Borer Infestation and to make a report (and take photos if you can) if you feel you’ve found further evidence of them on any ash trees here in Maine.