Asian long-horned beetle found in Clermont County


WOOD-BORING PEST

Staff Report



OHIO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE OFFERS TIPS FOR PURCHASING FIREWOOD

Being familiar with state firewood laws can help ensure you get what you pay for

REYNOLDSBURG – The Ohio Department of Agriculture is offering some basic tips to help when purchasing wood.

“Many Ohioans rely on firewood to heat their homes,” said David Daniels, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “That’s why it’s important to know the laws about how firewood must be sold in order to make sure you, the consumer, are getting what you pay for.”

The following firewood rules and regulations are helpful to review before making purchases:

Non-packaged firewood must be sold by the cord or by fractions of a cord. One cord, when properly stacked, should be 8-feet-long by 4-feet-high and 4-feet-wide (128 cubic feet).

If sold in bulk, firewood must be purchased by the weight in ton measurements. This must be weighed on a certified scale.

It is illegal to sell firewood by any other unit of measurement such as a rick, rack, face cord or truckload. If a consumer believes that a seller did not comply with these rules and regulations, the person should immediately contact the seller.

If non-packaged firewood is purchased, the seller must present the consumer with a delivery ticket or sales invoice that includes contact information and the terms and conditions of the sale.

If the firewood is advertised and sold as a certain type of wood, the load must contain at least 90 percent of that species.

Be aware of different firewood movement regulations in place concerning invasive species such as gypsy moth and Asian long-horned beetle. It is always good practice to not move firewood long distances and to buy local and burn local.

When burning firewood for heat, the State Fire Marshal advises to follow all necessary safety practices to avoid any serious problems.

If you have questions or concerns with a firewood sale, and the seller will not correct the problem, contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Weights and Measures at 614-728-6290 or contact your county auditor’s office.

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) recently announced the discovery of Asian long-horned beetle (ALB) infested trees in a section of the East Fork Wildlife Area in Clermont County.

The center of the newly discovered infestation is within the Williamsburg Township portion of the East Fork Wildlife Area, south of Clover Road. Tree inspection crews will continue to survey the area and surrounding areas to determine the extent of the infestation. Using ground surveyors and specially trained tree climbers, crews will inspect host tree species susceptible to ALB for signs of the wood-boring beetle. Any trees found to be infested will be removed as part of the eradication effort.

Once the extent of the infestation is evaluated, ODA will move to expand the ALB quarantine to include additional areas near the new infestation. When available, a map of the regulated areas will be posted at agri.ohio.gov.

“With more than $2.5 billion in standing maple timber and a $5 billion dollar nursery industry that employs nearly 240,000 people, it is vital we do all we can to keep this tree-killing pest from spreading across Ohio,” said David Daniels, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “We appreciate the patience and understanding of local communities as we continue to work with our partners in this eradication effort.”

East Fork Wildlife Area consists of 2,705 acres that are managed by the ODNR Division of Wildlife for public hunting and fishing in southwestern Ohio. It is unlawful for any person to remove wood from a wildlife area without first obtaining approval.

The beetle was first discovered in Tate Township in Clermont County in June 2011. Currently, 61-square miles are regulated, which include all of Tate Township and East Fork State Park, a portion of Monroe Township and a portion of Stonelick and Batavia townships.

Adult ALBs are large, shiny black insects measuring 1 to 1 ½ inches long, not including antennae, with random white spots. Their white-banded antennae can be as long as the body itself on females and almost twice the body length on males.

Signs of infestation include perfectly round exit holes (about 3/8 to 1/2 inch in diameter) made by adult beetles when they emerge from trees; the pockmarks on tree trunks and branches where female beetles deposit eggs; frass (wood shavings and saw dust) produced by larvae feeding and tunneling; early fall coloration of leaves or dead branches; and running sap produced by the tree at the egg laying sites or in response to larval tunneling. The beetle will infest various common trees in Ohio, including all species of maple, buckeye, willow and elm.

To report signs or symptoms of ALB, call the Ohio ALB Eradication Program Office at 513-381-7180 or report online at asianlonghornedbeetle.com.

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WOOD-BORING PEST

Staff Report

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE OFFERS TIPS FOR PURCHASING FIREWOOD

Being familiar with state firewood laws can help ensure you get what you pay for

REYNOLDSBURG – The Ohio Department of Agriculture is offering some basic tips to help when purchasing wood.

“Many Ohioans rely on firewood to heat their homes,” said David Daniels, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “That’s why it’s important to know the laws about how firewood must be sold in order to make sure you, the consumer, are getting what you pay for.”

The following firewood rules and regulations are helpful to review before making purchases:

Non-packaged firewood must be sold by the cord or by fractions of a cord. One cord, when properly stacked, should be 8-feet-long by 4-feet-high and 4-feet-wide (128 cubic feet).

If sold in bulk, firewood must be purchased by the weight in ton measurements. This must be weighed on a certified scale.

It is illegal to sell firewood by any other unit of measurement such as a rick, rack, face cord or truckload. If a consumer believes that a seller did not comply with these rules and regulations, the person should immediately contact the seller.

If non-packaged firewood is purchased, the seller must present the consumer with a delivery ticket or sales invoice that includes contact information and the terms and conditions of the sale.

If the firewood is advertised and sold as a certain type of wood, the load must contain at least 90 percent of that species.

Be aware of different firewood movement regulations in place concerning invasive species such as gypsy moth and Asian long-horned beetle. It is always good practice to not move firewood long distances and to buy local and burn local.

When burning firewood for heat, the State Fire Marshal advises to follow all necessary safety practices to avoid any serious problems.

If you have questions or concerns with a firewood sale, and the seller will not correct the problem, contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Weights and Measures at 614-728-6290 or contact your county auditor’s office.

Information for this story was provided by The Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Information for this story was provided by The Ohio Department of Agriculture.