Three Tennessee counties quarantined due to tree-killing beetle

PHOTO: Emerald Ash Borer-Tennessee Department of Agriculture

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Three Tennessee counties have been quarantined due to a tree-killing beetle.

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) says Cheatham, Giles, and Maury counties have been add to the list of areas where the Emerald Ash Borer has been detected and are areas now under quarantine.

The quarantine restricts the movement of firewood, ash nursery stock, ash timber and other materials that can spread the beetle.

State Forester David Arnold says the beetle is a "very serious invasive insect that has the potential to severely impact the health and lifespan of all ash trees in Tennessee."

Residents in these counties are asked to halt any transport of firewood in the state, use firewood from local sources or purchase certified heat-treated firewood, and burn all firewood at campsites before leaving.

If you suspect your ash tree could be infested with EAB, click here or call TDA’s Consumer and Industry Services Division at 1-800-628-2631.

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