The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis, in Grey County. This beetle was discovered on the 4th Sideroad, south of Meaford, Ontario.
Movement restrictions which prohibit the movement of all ash materials such as logs, branches, and wood chips, as well as all species of firewood from the affected site will be put in place. Property owners will be notified of these restrictions. Further regulatory measures will be considered once all survey work has been completed for the year.
The presence of EAB has now been confirmed in 31 Ontario counties, and in seven areas in the province of Québec.
On April 1, 2014, the Agency will consolidate most of the regulated areas for EAB into one large area in Ontario and Québec. This large area will include Highways 400, 401, 416 and 417 in Ontario and Highways 15, 20, 40 and 50 in Québec. This approach takes into account CFIA's current understanding of the distribution of EAB and will more effectively slow the spread of this pest to other parts of these provinces and to the rest of Canada.
The Agency will continue its surveillance, regulatory, enforcement and communications activities across Canada, but a strong focus will be placed on the outer edge of the large consolidated area, where EAB has not currently been detected. The remainder of 2013 will be a transition to this new approach.
Also, as part of the long term strategy to manage EAB, the CFIA has approved the release of two stingless wasps as new biological control agents to combat the spread of EAB. One of the wasps, Tetrastichus planipennisi, has been released in limited areas in southwestern Ontario by Natural Resources Canada.
The CFIA continues to work with federal, provincial, and municipal governments towards slowing the spread of EAB.
Under IPPC Standards (e.g. ISPM No. 8), EAB is considered present only in some areas of Ontario and Québec and is subject to official control in Canada.
Additional information is available on the CFIA website at www.inspection.gc.ca/pests or by calling 1-866-463-6017.