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Deadly Laurel Wilt Disease Found in Sassafras for the First Time in N.C.

By on May 23, 2018

In 2002, an uninvited guest made itself at home in the U.S. when the redbay ambrosia beetle was unintentionally introduced near Savannah, GA. By itself, the beetle would probably not be a big deal. However, it carries with it a

Pictured is a late-stage spotted lanternfly nymph.

The Spotted Lanternfly: Spotted in Virginia

By on April 25, 2018

And we need your help to spot it here! In 2013, the emerald ash borer was found for the first time in N.C.  Now, a mere 5 years later, it can be found in a third of our state. The

The emerald ash borer travels the state

By on September 27, 2017

This summer was expected to break travel records, and it wasn’t just people doing all the sightseeing. At least one insect joined in on the vacation fun this year: the emerald ash borer. The emerald ash borer popped up in

August is Tree Check Month

By on August 16, 2017

Trees may not need an annual visit to the doctor, but they do need care every now and then. Many homeowners with yard trees are all too familiar with annual trimming, mulching, or watering during periods of drought. Landscape trees

Emerald ash borer takes flight

By on May 3, 2017

The days are warm now and many North Carolinians have thoughts of leaving their homes for summer vacation.  The invasive emerald ash borer is doing the same, except its destination is our beautiful ash trees. It is peak flying season

Laurel wilt disease continues to spread in NC

By on April 19, 2017

Laurel wilt is a devastating non-native disease of redbay trees and other plants in the laurel family in the Southeastern U.S. Native to Southeast Asia, it was first detected near Savannah in the early 2000s and has since spread to

The health of our forests: 2016 year-in-review

By on December 28, 2016

Between the destruction of Hurricane Matthew in the eastern part of the state and the relentlessness of the many fires in the West, North Carolina has seen its fair share of natural disasters this year. Damage caused by insects and

Thousand Cankers Disease Stays Put for Another Year in NC

By on December 21, 2016

From late summer through early November, the N.C. Forest Services’ Forest Health staff, the Plant Industry Division, and cooperators with the Duke Forest set and monitored 104 traps across the state with the intent of detecting the walnut twig beetle

BugFest visitors hear the buzz about firewood

By on September 21, 2016

On Sept. 17, 30,000 visitors swarmed BugFest, an annual event at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. While many are adventurous and take a bite out of dishes with six-legged ingredients, the N.C. Forest Service and Plant Industry

Emerald ash borer on the move: Four new counties positive for the tree-killing beetle

By on July 27, 2016

Across the state, North Carolinians are packing their bags and going on their summer vacations. Roads are full of families driving to the beautiful N.C. beaches, charming Piedmont destinations and the awe-inspiring mountains. But vacationers aren’t the only ones on