EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 08 - 2013 Num. article: 2013/165

Situation of Agrilus planipennis in the USA

Since the previous EPPO report (EPPO RS 2010/117), Agrilus planipennis (Coleoptera: Buprestidae – EPPO A1 List) has been recorded in new areas of the USA (see below). In infested areas, official control measures are implemented to contain A. planipennis. In many cases, it is suspected that the insect has been introduced into new areas with movements of infested firewood. At present, A. planipennis has been recorded in the following US states: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin.
A distribution map can be viewed on the Internet (Cooperative Emerald Ash Borer Project of 2013-07-01): http://www.emeraldashborer.info/files/MultiState_EABpos.pdf
The pest status of Agrilus planipennis in the USA is officially declared as: Present in some parts of the USA and subject to official control to prevent further spread.

  • Connecticut
A. planipennis was detected for the first time in Connecticut in the town of Prospect on 2012-07-16. Infestations have now been detected in 9 Connecticut towns (Prospect, Naugatuck, Bethany, Beacon Falls, Waterbury, Cheshire, Oxford, Middlebury, Hamden) all in New Haven county.

  • Kansas
The pest was first found in November 2012 in Wyandotte county, and in July 2013 in Johnson county.

  • Massachusetts
It was first detected in Western Massachusetts, in the town of Dalton, on 2012-08-31.

  • New Hampshire
It was first found in Concord (Merrimack county) in March 2013.

  • North Carolina
It was detected for the first time in Granville county in June 2013.

  • Tennessee
The pest was first detected in July 2010 in Knox county. As of July 2013, 19 counties are under quarantine for A. planipennis in Tennessee (Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Blount, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Roane, Sevier, Smith and Union).


NAPPO Phytosanitary Pest Alert System. Official Pest Reports. USA
- Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis): New counties in Kansas and New York added to the regulated area (2012-11-19) http://www.pestalert.org/oprDetail_print.cfm?oprid=536
- Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) – Additional counties in Kentucky and New York added to the regulated area (2012-04-24). http://www.pestalert.org/oprDetail_print.cfm?oprid=518
- Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis): Counties in Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, and Tennessee added to the regulated area (2013-08-01). http://www.pestalert.org/oprDetail_print.cfm?oprid=555

- Emerald ash borer. Where is EAB? http://www.emeraldashborer.info/surveyinfo.cfm
- Kansas Department of Agriculture (2013-07-15) Temporary Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine. https://agriculture.ks.gov/docs/default-source/pp-emerald-ash-borer/emerald-ash-borer-.pdf?sfvrsn=0
- KCTV News – Kansas City. Tree-killing beetle found in Johnson county. http://www.kctv5.com/story/22850701/tree-killing-beetle-found-in-johnson-county
- Massachusetts introduced pests outreach project (2012-08-01) Pest Alert: Emerald ash borer in Connecticut. http://www.massnrc.org/pests
- Massachusetts introduced pests outreach blog. Emerald ash borer found in Massachusetts (2012-09-12). http://massnrc.org/pests/blog/2012/09/emerald-ash-borer-found-in-massachusetts.html
- NC State University. Extension Forestry – Woodland owners update. Emerald ash borer identified in Granville county, NC. http://cnr.ncsu.edu/blogs/wou/2013/06/17/emerald-ash-borer-identified-in-granville-county-nc/
- NHBugs. Protecting trees and forests. Damaging insects and diseases. http://nhbugs.org/
- University of New Hampshire. Cooperative Extension (2013-04-05) Invasive emerald ash borer detected in New Hampshire. http://extension.unh.edu/articles/Invasive-emerald-ash-borer-detected-New-Hampshire