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State Reporting Success in Battle Against Invasive Species in SE Ohio Woods
Posted on: 05/20/2014
By  Mike Cullums
There is good news today regarding an invasive species of insects that threatens southeast Ohio's hemlock trees.  
WMOA News first reported in 2011 that a critter called the wooly adelgid had migrated across the Ohio River from West Virginia into Meigs and Washington counties.  
The tree-killing insects from Japan are believed to have arrived in a shipment of lumber to Norfolk, Virginia, sixty years ago and began migrating slowly north and west.
Since their arrivalin hemlock woods near Reedsville and Little Hocking, they've been found in several more southeast Ohio counties but they really set off alarms when they arrived last year in the Hocking Hills - home to many of Ohio's hemlocks.  
Now, state officials tell ONN they are winning the fight to get rid of the bugs.
The Ohio Division of Forestry says almost 700 hemlock trees in Hocking Hills State Park were treated last year with a pesticide that kills the adelgid. Officials have not found any of the insects so far this spring.

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