June 26, 2008 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire) (EAB) in the Montérégie region of Quebec.
EAB does not spread quickly on its own. In fact, it is most commonly spread when people move materials which it has infested. Moving these materials even just a few kilometres away can spread the emerald ash borer to new areas.
The Government of Canada is working hard with provinces and municipalities to limit the spread of the emerald ash borer. 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 this pest will be taken based on information obtained through the surveys. The CFIA continues to work with its partners and stakeholders toward the goal of slowing the spread of this destructive pest.
Under IPPC Standards (e.g., ISPM No. 8), EAB is considered present (only in some areas of Ontario and one area of Quebec) and subject to official control in Canada.
Additional information is available on the CFIA web site at www.inspection.gc.ca.