January 30, 2024 at 9:03 a.m.

Emerald ash borer found in Crow Wing County


   St. Paul, MN: The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has confirmed emerald ash borer (EAB) in Crow Wing County for the first time. There are now 48 counties in the state, including Crow Wing, with EAB.

   A suspected EAB infestation was discovered near Brainerd in Crow Wing County. EAB larvae was later found, and samples were collected by MDA staff. Federal identification confirmed the samples as emerald ash borer.

   EAB was first discovered in Minnesota in 2009. The insect larvae kill ash trees by tunneling under the bark and feeding on the part of the tree that moves nutrients up and down the trunk. Often, the trees show several signs of infestation because of this. Woodpeckers like to feed on EAB larvae, and woodpecker holes may indicate the presence of emerald ash borer. Also, EAB tunneling can cause the bark to split open, revealing characteristic S-shaped galleries underneath.

   Because this is the first time EAB has been identified in Crow Wing County, the MDA is enacting an emergency quarantine of the county. The quarantine limits the movement of firewood and ash material out of the area.

   The MDA issues quarantines for all areas known to have EAB to reduce the risk of further spreading the tree-killing insect.

   A virtual informational meeting for residents and tree care professionals in Crow Wing County will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2024, from 10–11 a.m. Experts from the MDA will give a brief presentation followed by a question-and-answer session.

   Emerald Ash Borer Virtual Informational Meeting: February 8, 

10–11 a.m. Register at www.mda.state.mn.us/eab

   The public will also have an opportunity to provide input on the proposal to add Morrison County’s emergency quarantine to the state’s formal quarantine. The MDA is taking comments on the proposed formal quarantine now through March 11, 2024, and recommends adopting the quarantine on March 13, 2024. The proposed quarantine language can be found at www.mda.state.mn.us/eab.

   Comments can be made during the virtual meeting or by contacting:

   Kimberly Thielen Cremers 

Minnesota Department of Agriculture 

625 Robert Street North 

St. Paul, MN 55155 

[email protected]

   There is more EAB information on the MDA website.


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