CHARLESTON — An invasive insect that has killed millions of ash trees now has been detected in 24 West Virginia counties.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture says it has added seven counties to the list of localities that have an infestation of the emerald ash borer. The seven additions are Mercer, Ritchie, Braxton, Hampshire, Mineral, Lewis and Lincoln counties.
Agriculture Commissioner Gus R. Douglass says the invasive insect can hitch a ride on firewood moved from one area to another. He advises against moving firewood when camping.
The borer has killed millions of ash trees in North America. It has been found in Canada, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, the northeast and states in the Midwest.