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Entomology & Plant Pathology > Regulatory & Scientific Information > Common Pine Shoot Beetle > News Release (June 23, 1999) News Release (June 23, 1999)

For more information contact:
Robert D. Waltz, Ph.D., state entomologist, 317/232-4120
Steve Polston, Division of Public Information and Education, 317/233-3046

Five Counties added to pine shoot beetle quarantine

Five new counties have been added to the state and federal lists of places regulated because of pine shoot beetle infestations.

Hamilton, Henry, Marion, Montgomery and Rush counties join 40 other counties including Adams, Allen, Benton, Blackford, Carroll, Cass, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkart, Fountain, Fulton, Grant, Hamilton, Hancock, Henry, Howard, Huntington, Jasper, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lake, LaPorte, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Miami, Montgomery, Newton, Noble, Porter, Pulaski, Randolph, Rush, St. Joseph, Starke, Steuben, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Wabash, Warren, Wayne, Wells, White, and Whitley.

Biological surveys are used to monitor the beetle and detect new places in which it is found. The surveys are conducted annually by the US Department of Agriculture.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology provides state regulatory services including certifications and monitoring in this federal program.

The pine shoot beetle is a small black beetle about 1/8 of an inch long; it feeds inside the shoots of pine trees. The beetle does not attack and live in other kinds of trees and it does not kill pine trees, unless the pine trees already are very unhealthy. This beetle originated from Europe. It was first found in Indiana in 1992. Since 1992 it has moved steadily southward through the state and is now established in the northern half of Indiana. The beetle does not affect hardwood trees or pinewood in furniture or homes.

Christmas tree growers who sell cut or living pines, and production nursery operators who sell pine trees, should contact their local nursery inspector immediately to obtain instructions on shipping requirements outside of the quarantined areas. Producers may also contact the Indianapolis office of the Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology at 317/232-4120 for information about obtaining inspections and certifications, or they can contact Dr. Cliff Sadof at 765/494-5983 to obtain a publication on the pine shoot beetle management plan available from Purdue University. Producers or Christmas tree growers who sell only within the quarantined areas and do not sell plants outside this area are not required to have special certifications.