UNIVERSITY PARK - The PA Department of Agriculture received confirmation on a sample of emerald ash borer (EAB) from Northumberland County. The sample was a visual/destructive sample taken by a PA Department of Agriculture seasonal employee at a private property location near Watsontown, PA on December 4, 2012.
The site has a number of damaged trees and was readily visible from the road. The PDA employee was focusing his visual surveys to be in close proximity to known positive sites in Union County. This detection brings us to thirty counties, and is the eighth county to be detected in 2012.
Confirmation of another positive EAB population in a new county occurred late on Monday the December 17, 2012. The sample was collected from the Interstate 80 westbound Rest Area in Montour County near Mooresburg, PA by a seasonal PA Department of Agriculture employee who was conducting a visual survey for the EAB.
This is the 31st Pennsylvania county to have a confirmed positive EAB sample.
More information on the emerald ash borer, click here. To view the PDA Emerald Ash Borer Survey Program, click here.