A quarantine makes it illegal to transport ash trees out of federally regulated areas.
Ohio Department of Agriculture officials have confirmed the presence of emerald ash borer in Madison County. Residents are being urged to use caution when transporting firewood to help protect against the artificial spread of this and other insect pests. A federal quarantine for Ohio, enforced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, remains in effect and makes it illegal to transport ash trees, parts of ash trees, and all hardwood firewood out of federally regulated areas.
Left untreated, ash trees infested with emerald ash borer typically die within five years. The pest belongs to a group of metallic wood-boring beetles. Adults are dark green, one-half inch in length, one-eighth inch wide and fly from early May until September.