The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer (EAB) in the City of Hamilton, Ontario. The infested trees are located in the Upper Wentworth Street and Concession Street area.
The CFIA will be carrying out increased surveying of trees in the area to determine the extent of the infestation and affected property owners will be notified. Regulatory measures to control the spread of this pest will be based on information obtained through the surveys.
The EAB is a destructive beetle that has already killed a large number of ash trees in Ontario and north eastern U.S., and poses a major economic threat to urban and forested areas of North America. Although there have been numerous finds of this pest in Ontario and one location in Quebec, the CFIA continues to work with its partners and stakeholders towards the goal of slowing its spread.
Under IPPC Standards (e.g., ISPM No. 8), EAB is considered present (only in some areas of Ontario and 1 area of Quebec) and subject to official control in Canada. For more information on the EAB, please visit the CFIA website at www.inspection.gc.ca.