The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis, in the city of Kawartha Lakes, Ontario. This beetle was discovered on two private properties off the Sandy Beach Road in Fenelon Falls.
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 have been 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 32 Ontario counties, and in seven areas in the province of Québec.
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.