Emerald ash borer confirmed in Lafayette County for the first time

Posted: Friday, June 19, 2015 --- 10:59 a.m.

MADISON, Wis.--- Emerald ash borer has been confirmed in Yellowstone Lake State Park, according to a release from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Officials said this is the first time emerald ash borer has been found in Lafayette County.

The county has been under quarantine for emerald ash borer since July 2014, so the new find doesn't change anything from a regulatory standpoint, according to the release.

Officials said residents living in a quarantined county can't bring firewood from that county to non-quarantined counties.

“We strongly discourage moving firewood even within quarantine areas,” said Brian Kuhn, director of the Bureau of Plant Industry in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. “The vast majority of EAB infestations have resulted from the movement of firewood, as evidenced by the number of times our first find in a given county has been in campgrounds. Most of the quarantined counties are not generally infested, so moving firewood within them could bring the pest to new areas in the county that would otherwise remain uninfested for several years."