The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer (EAB) in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo in the Highway 401 and Fountain Street area and in the County of Oxford, Ontario, along Highway 401 near Oxford County Road 3.
Movement restrictions on regulated wood materials will be placed on the affected properties and the owners will be notified. Further regulatory measures will be considered once survey work is completed for the year.
Although the EAB does not pose a risk to human health, it is a highly destructive beetle that has already killed a large number of ash trees in Ontario and north eastern U.S., and it poses a major economic threat to urban and forested areas of North America. There have been numerous finds of this pest in Ontario and Quebec.
The emerald ash borer can spread rapidly if moved by people. The key challenge in limiting the spread of this beetle is to prevent people from moving potentially infested ash materials — such as logs, branches, nursery stock, wood chips and firewood of all species — to non-infested areas. The public can play a key part in helping to control the spread of EAB by avoiding actions that would promote its spread.