LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The emerald ash borer, a tiny Asian insect, is responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of trees in the U.S. since 2002. 12 years later, the beetle has found its way to Arkansas.
Sam Kim, an entomologist and the State Survey Coordinator for the Plant Board, says the insects have been found in 6 counties, all in south Arkansas.
"It can migrate, but the quickest and fastest way that it's moving this far south is by transportation of firewood."
Wednesday, Scott Bray with the Arkansas State Plant Board says they held a meeting to discuss how to stop it.
"Right now we're trying to determine how we want to go forward with a quarantine whether it will be on a county by county basis, regional basis or consists of the entire state as some other states have done."