Kentucky Office of the State Entomologist
Kentucky Office of the State Entomologist

Quarantines and Pests of Concern

Moving firewood and other regulated articles from quarantined areas is prohibited!


GENERAL INFORMATION
As the United States continues to expand its export markets around the world and increase the variety of agricultural commodities it imports, the U.S. has a greater chance to bringing in unwanted pests such as Emerald Ash Borer and Asian Longhorned Beetle. In Kentucky, if you suspect you have found a non-native pest, please contact your county cooperative extension agent for verification. Since they are located in the county where you live, they will be the quickest to help you with the identification process. Should they have any issues, they will send it to the University of Kentucky for further analysis. Always feel free to contact our office as well should you have any questions.

WHAT IF I AM SENDING BOXWOODS TO A STATE REQUIRING ME TO BE ENROLLED IN A BOXWOOD BLIGHT CLEANLINESS PROGRAM?
At the request of the production nurseries of Tennessee, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture has implemented a boxwood blight quarantine that will become effective February 4, 2018. This WILL impact any KY nurseries that ship boxwoods to TN.

There are several steps that KY nurseries will need to take before they can resume shipments to TN. First, they will need to become enrolled in a boxwood blight cleanliness program which will be administered through the State Entomologist's Office. This program is aimed at prevention of the disease and is based upon 6 key steps: exclusion, water management, sanitation, inspection, training and recordkeeping.

More information about the cleanliness program can be found here.

WHAT IF I NEED TO CONTACT AN ARBORIST BECAUSE I HAVE EMERALD ASH BORER?
Should you need the aid of an arborist for treatment or tree removal. We highly recommend that you contact certified arborists in your area for questions and pricing (also know that not all arborists are certified to do EAB treatments). Using a certified arborist allows you to have more information about them and their practices via the ISA. Certified arborists can be found at: www.isa-arbor.com/findArborist/findarborist.aspx

AREAS OUTSIDE OF KENTUCKY UNDER QUARANTINE
There are areas outside of Kentucky that are quarantined for Asian Longhorned Beetle, Emerald Ash Borer, Gypsy Moth, Thousand Cankers Disease (Walnut Twig Beetle), and other pests.

Click here to find if your state or local area has a quarantine in place for any pests of concern for the United States.

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