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INFESTATION OF FOREIGN PINE SHOOT BEETLE FOUND IN NORTHERN OHIO

 INFESTATION OF FOREIGN PINE SHOOT BEETLE
 FOUND IN NORTHERN OHIO
 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- An infestation of tomicus piniperda, commonly called the pine shoot beetle, has been found in twelve Northern Ohio counties including Lorain, Summit, Medina, Huron, Lake, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Portage, Wayne, Ashland, Ashtabula and Mahoning counties.
 The pine shoot beetle attacks scotch and white pine trees by tunneling through new growth near the ends of the branches damaging the tree. Adult pine shoot beetle damage causes the ends of branches to droop and turn a lighter shade of green or brown. The pine shoot beetle has done extensive damage in Europe and Asia.
 The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is providing assistance to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in surveying the area for infestation. Surveyors are now in surrounding counties of the original infestation sites. Twelve members of the emergency response team are working to determine how widespread the infestation is. "We are doing everything in our power to assess the degree of infestation," said ODA Director Fred L. Dailey. "Once we have determined the extent of the problem we will consider action to control the pine shoot beetle."
 The infestation was discovered July 21, 1992 and is the first of its kind in the United States. The economic damage potential to the U.S. timber industry, including Christmas trees and urban forestation could run into millions of dollars over several years.
 The pine shoot beetle is about 3 to 5 mm in length with a black head and thorax and reddish-brown to brownish-black wing covers. The scotch pine is the principal host, but other pines and occasionally spruce trees are used for breeding habitat. The adult beetle winters in hollowed out pine shoots or in short tunnels in and under the bark at the base of trees.
 The ODA will work cooperatively with Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in its efforts to survey, control, and hopefully eradicate the pine shoot beetle in Ohio and the U.S.
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 /CONTACT: Kim Norris, communications director for the Ohio Department of Agriculture, 614-752-4505/ CO: Ohio Department of Agriculture ST: Ohio IN: SU:


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