Emerald Ash Borer

The NC Forest Service (NCFS) found the emerald ash borer (EAB) in North Carolina this year, including one site on USACE property. The EAB, an invasive Asian beetle, has killed tens of millions of ash trees in 22 states and 2 Canadian provinces since first found in Michigan in 2002. The NCFS has a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) permit to release parasitoid stingless wasps as a biological control for EAB. These natural predators of EAB are currently the only large scale control method available. One of the sites where NCFS will release these small, stingless wasps is near Kerr Reservoir. The NCFS has received approval from the US Army Corps of Engineers for release at the EAB infested site on public lands.