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Seven Wisconsin counties added to EAB quarantine list

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Seven more Wisconsin counties have been quarantined for ash-wood products, after the tree-killing emerald ash borer has been confirmed in three new places.

The state Agriculture Department said Friday that the green beetle has been spotted in Monroe, Grant, and Columbia counties. Those counties are now quarantined, along with the nearby counties of Richland, Iowa, Lafayette, and Green.

That brings to 29 the number of counties under the ash borer quarantine, in virtually all parts of the state. The bug had killed millions of trees in the eastern U.S. and Canada by the time it found its way to Washington County in 2008.

Before Friday, Door County was the most recent place where the emerald ash borer turned up.

No one can take firewood from the quarantined counties to places which are not quarantined. Businesses must prove to the state that their wood products are pest free before they can be shipped.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)