Emerald Ash Borer on the move


Sherry Aultman: Exotic invasive species are a major threat, to both our agricultural and our natural resources. One of the best examples of that right now is the Emerald Ash Borer. It was found in the United States ten or twelve years ago and has just totally devastated the ash trees from Michigan all the way through the Midwest and now it has been found in Tennessee and as close to us as Virginia as well. We certainly expect it to arrive in South Carolina at some point in time. We have about three species, maybe four here in South Carolina and all of them are at risk.

One of the things that we are doing to try and detect it as early as possible is what we are calling the Emerald Ash Borer Trapping Program. The Department of Plant Industry, our inspectors and/or outside contractors have hung the giant purple panel traps; is what it is called; and we pick high-risk locations throughout the state, and hopefully if the insect is in South Carolina the trap will pick it up and then we will be able to know as soon as it comes into the state and be able to do something about it.