CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia forestry officials have confirmed the spread of a highly invasive, destructive insect to another Central Virginia county.
The Virginia Department of Forestry announced Thursday that the emerald ash borer has infested trees in Henrico County. The department said many of the beetles were found on traps placed along nature trails, indicating the population in Henrico County is already high.
The department says the insect is one of the most destructive forest pests to ever invade North America.
Ash trees are likely to die once infested by the beetle. The department says ash trees can then fall or unexpectedly drop limbs, causing a public safety risk. Virginians are urged not to transport ash for firewood across state or county lines.
The department has an online map documenting the beetle’s spread.