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Entomology & Plant Pathology > Regulatory & Scientific Information > Common Pine Shoot Beetle > News Release (April 16, 1998) News Release (April 16, 1998)

For more information contact:
Robert Waltz, State Entomologist, 317/232-4120
Gayle Jansen, Entomologist Supervisor, 317/232-4120

Pine shoot beetle found in Hancock, Howard and Tipton counties

Pine shoot beetle was discovered in Hancock, Howard and Tipton counties by US. Department of Agriculture trappers during an annual survey for this beetle along the borders of previously quarantined counties, according to State Entomologist Robert Waltz, director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology.

The addition of these three counties brings the total number of counties quarantined in Indiana for this pest to 40. The 40 Indiana quarantined counties include: Adams, Allen, Benton, Blackford, Carroll, Cass, Dekalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Fountain, Fulton, Grant, Hancock, Howard, Huntington, Jasper, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lake, LaPorte, Madison, Marshall, Miami, Newton, Noble, Porter, Pulaski, Randolph, St. Joseph, Starke, Steuben, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Wabash, Warren, Wayne, Wells, White, and Whitley.

The pine shoot beetle is a small (about 1/8 inch long) black beetle that feeds inside the shoots of pine trees. It was introduced into the United States from Europe several years ago. Federal and state quarantines were enacted in 1992, when the beetles were first discovered in the United States.

This beetle does little harm to Christmas trees and to pine nursery stock. However, it is unknown how this beetle will affect large pine forests in the West and South, therefore quarantines were imposed.

The beetle is now known in at least nine states including Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Wisconsin and one Canadian province, Ontario.

Christmas tree producers, and landscape nurseries in Hancock, Tipton, and Howard Counties, as in other quarantined counties, must obtain special inspections and certifications prior to selling their pine Christmas trees or pine nursery stock into any non-quarantined counties or other states. The beetles do not present a threat to other kinds of trees; they do not kill pine trees, nor do they present any threat to homeowners who may buy and enjoy Indiana-grown Christmas trees.

Christmas tree growers requiring fall certifications for their pine Christmas trees to be sold outside of the quarantine area, and production nurseries selling pine nursery stock, must contact the DNR’s Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology to arrange for the necessary inspections, by calling 317/232-4120.

Spruce, fir, hemlock and other conifers are not regulated in the quarantine.

Persons with access to Internet may obtain more information about the pine shoot beetle, its biology, distribution in the United States and other USDA program activities by visiting the National Agricultural Pest Information Service database at:

http://pest.ceris.purdue.edu/