Invasive box tree moth found in Dayton

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REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — An invasive insect was spotted in the Dayton area for the first time Sept. 26. The Ohio Department of Agriculture confirmed a box tree moth sighting in Montgomery County. After first being found near the border of Hamilton and Clermont counties in June, the box tree moth has also been detected in Warren and Butler counties.

The box tree moth is an invasive pest from East Asia that poses a threat to boxwood plantings and the horticulture industry. Boxwood is an important ornamental shrub that is a valuable part of Ohio’s nursery stock economy. Federal and state officials are asking the public and horticultural businesses to spot and report the box tree moth using ODA’s reporting tool.

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