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  • North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. North Carolina Forest Service.
    The emerald ash borer is a metallic green beetle that bores into ash trees feeding on tissues beneath the bark, ultimately killing the tree. It is not native to the United States and was first found in the U.S. near Detroit, Michigan in 2002. In 2013, the emerald ash borer was found in Granville, Person, Vance, and Warren counties in North Carolina. In 2015 it was found in many additional counties, and a statewide EAB quarantine went into effect in North Carolina.
  • North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. North Carolina Forest Service.
    Thousand cankers disease is a fungal disease of walnuts (Juglans spp.) that is carried from tree to tree by a small bark beetle called the walnut twig beetle (Pityophthorus juglandis). It has killed countless ornamental black walnut trees in the western U.S. and was found for the first time in the eastern U.S. in 2010. The first recorded incident of thousand cankers disease in North Carolina (Haywood County) was confirmed in late fall, 2012. Please report the location and descriptions of potentially positive trees to 1-800-206-9333 or newpest@ncagr.gov.
  • eXtension.

    If a fire ant colony is flooded during a rainstorm or other high-water situation, the ants cling together and form a living raft that floats on the flood waters. Once the raft hits dry ground or a tree, rock, or other dry object, the ants can leave the water.

     

    Footage Shows Massive Colonies of Fire Ants Floating in Hurricane Florence Floodwaters (Sep 18, 2018)
    AOL News.
    Floodwaters will not drown fire ants. In the wake of Hurricane Florence, victims in the storm's path are being warned to avoid wading through dangerous floodwaters (in addition to other reasons and threats).

  • North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. North Carolina Forest Service.
    Emerald ash borer, laurel wilt disease, thousand cankers disease, and the European gypsy moth are likely to be brought into North Carolina in or on firewood. The use of local firewood is an important factor in preventing the spread of potentially devastating invasive species to our state's forests. Please keep this in mind as you prepare for your outdoor recreation activities. See Forest Health Invasive Pest Maps for more information about pest monitoring.

State Specific Threats

Selected Resources

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Council or Task Force

North Carolina Invasive Plant Council.

Federal Government

State and Local Government

North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. North Carolina Forest Service.
North Carolina Department of Transportation.
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. Water Resources.

Academic

North Carolina State University. Extension.
North Carolina State University. Cooperative Extension. Going Native: Urban Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants.
North Carolina State University. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Professional

North Carolina Native Plant Society.