Invasive, tree-killing hemlock woolly adelgid found in Ann Arbor; 1st confirmed spot on east side of state

By Amber Ainsworth
Fox 2 Detroit
May 23, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US East

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Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), invasive pests that kill trees, has been found in Ann Arbor – the first confirmed detection on the east side of Michigan. It was discovered at Nichols Arboretum and confirmed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) on May 9. “Our team of invasive species specialists is currently working with the arboretum to determine an appropriate treatment and response plan,” said Mike Philip, MDARD’s Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division Director. “There isn’t a way to determine how long hemlock woolly adelgid has been there or how it got there, but it’s possible HWA has been there for a number of years.” Washtenaw County is the seventh county to have a verified discovery. …The insects do not move far on their own, but they can be blown by the wind or hitch a ride on humans and animals.  

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