Updated August 28, 2019

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is an exotic insect that belongs to a group of metallic wood-boring beetles. Unlike our native beetles that kill weakened trees as part of the natural nutrient recycling process, emerald ash borers kill vigorously growing and weakened ash trees. It is not native to the United States and was first found near Detroit, Michigan in 2002. EAB is now found in 35 states and five Canadian provinces and has already killed hundreds of millions of ash trees.

EAB was discovered in DeKalb and Fulton counties in Georgia in July 2013 as part of the national detection survey funded by the USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Georgia has been part of a nationwide trapping program to detect the presence of this forest pest since 2005. As part of this trapping program, EAB was found in nine more counties in 2014: Carroll, Clayton, Cobb, Fayette, Henry, Newton, Rockdale, Walton and Whitfield. In 2015, another 710 traps were placed around the state and EAB was found in seven new counties: Barrow, Cherokee, Douglas, Fannin, Habersham, Murray, and White. In 2016, EAB was found in four new counties: Bartow, Gilmer, Rabun and Union. In 2017, EAB was not found in any new counties. In 2018, 91 traps were set across the state and EAB was found in three new counties: Dawson, Lumpkin and Walker. In 2019, GFC foresters hung 79 traps across the state, and EAB was found in six new counties: Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Gordon, Jackson and Paulding. This brings the total number of Georgia counties with known EAB infestations to 32.

In December of 2017, the Georgia EAB quarantine was expanded to include the entire state. While there is no restriction on movement of ash materials within Georgia, there are still restrictions on the movement of ash materials to Florida and Alabama. Ash materials can move freely to South Carolina and East Tennessee. In October of 2018, USDA-APHIS proposed to remove the domestic quarantine regulations for EAB. This website will be updated when a ruling is made on this proposal. For more information on state and federal quarantine regulations, visit www.emeraldashborer.info.

David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org photo credit

As of August 2019, EAB has been found in the following counties in Georgia.

Barrow Gordon
Bartow Gwinnett
Carroll Habersham
Catoosa Henry
Chattooga Jackson
Cherokee Lumpkin
Clayton Murray
Cobb Newton
Dade Paulding
Dawson Rabun
Dekalb Rockdale
Douglas Union
Fannin Walker
Fayette Walton
Fulton White
Gilmer Whitfield


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