Invasive bug found just south of New Hampshire

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — A state entomologist says there’s a high probability a destructive beetle that targets ash trees is in southern New Hampshire, even though it hasn’t been seen there yet.

Forest officials found a “significant’ emerald ash borer infestation in Salem, Massachusetts, a few hundred feet from New Hampshire. They advise homeowners in New Hampshire’s Rockingham and Hillsborough counties to be looking at their trees.

Communities within 10 miles of the infestation include Hudson, Pelham, Londonderry, Windham, Salem, Derry, Hampstead, Atkinson, Plaistow, Sandown, Danville, Kingston and Newton. Piera Siegert, state entomologist, said if the insect is found, state officials will impose a quarantine on the movement of ash wood products and hardwood firewood.

The beetle was previously detected in Concord and between Canterbury and Loudon.  It’s been spreading in Massachusetts.

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