Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been confirmed in southeastern Minnesota’s Dodge County and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has placed the region under an emergency quarantine.
The invasive pest was recently discovered in the city of Kasson. The MDA says the quarantine is meant to limit the movement of firewood and ash material out of the county to reduce the risk of further spreading EAB. Currently 12 other Minnesota counties and Park Point in the city of Duluth are under quarantine to prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer.
The invasive insect was first discovered in Minnesota in 2009.