OTTAWA, ON -- The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer (EAB) along Highway 401 in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo and in the County of Oxford, ON.

CFIA has announced movement restrictions on regulated wood materials and will notify affected property owners. CFIA said 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. 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 northeastern United States and it poses a major economic threat to urban and forested areas of North America. There have been numerous finds of EAB's in Ontario and Quebec.

The emerald ash borer was first discovered in Windsor, ON, and Detroit, MI, in 2002. It is believed that it was introduced to North America from eastern Asia in wooden packaging materials in the early 1990s, but went undetected until its population built up to damaging levels.

Read the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's press release.

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