Ash borers found in Whitewater
Officials from the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced in a news release Friday that the emerald ash borer has been found in Whitewater.
The news isn’t terribly surprising, as the ash borer already has been found in other cities in Rock and Walworth counties.
However, the discovery does mean that all of Jefferson County now will be placed under quarantine, a news release from the state said. Walworth and Rock counties already are under quarantine.
For residents, the quarantine means they cannot take firewood to non-quarantined counties.
For businesses handling wood products that could carry the emerald ash borer, it means working with state agriculture officials to make sure their products are pest-free before shipping, the news release said.
The quarantines are designed to slow the spread of the destructive pest that already has killed millions of trees.
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