2011-07-14 / Local & State

Invasive Tree Beetle Found In 2 More Pa. Counties

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – An invasive beetle that destroys ash trees and hurts Pennsylvania’s $25 billion hardwoods industry has been found in two more counties.

State agriculture officials announced Friday that emerald ash borers were identified in Mount Union, Huntingdon County, and Monroe Township, Wyoming County.

The tree-killing pest is now in 21 counties. The beetle, which is native to China and eastern Asia, can kill an ash tree within three years of the initial infestation.

Agriculture Secretary George Greig is urging the public not to transport firewood more than 50 miles from where it was purchased to help slow the borer’s spread.

Agriculture Department survey crews began hanging more than 2,000 traps from ash trees in eastern Pennsylvania in May to combat the problem.

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