Invasive pest species are easily spread by people moving
themselves, their pets, and things they use as they travel from place to place.
These pests pose a threat to our natural ecosystems, recreational activities,
agricultural crops, and even human health. You can help the spread of invasive
pests by following the guidelines below.
Trees are being destroyed through the transportation of
invasive insects and diseases found in firewood. Do not move firewood, but
instead obtain it from local sources. Burn firewood in the same general area as
the wood source. As a general rule, 50 miles is too far and 10 miles or less is
Prevention of infection
- Contact ODA for a free inspection of outdoor household goods
and recreational vehicles if you have recently moved from a northeastern state.
- Grant ODA seasonal survey staff permission to place traps on
your property during the summer.
- Look for and report to ODA any suspected egg masses and
pupae which can travel to the US from Europe, Russia, China, and other infested
- Check with ODA before importing plant material or ordering
it online to determine if the material is quarantined or could potentially
harbor invasive pests.
- Inspect your vehicle before a long trip and after arriving
at your destination.
- Report an invasive pest using the online insect ID &
Buy It Where You Burn It
Be aware that firewood can harbor insects and diseases that threaten California's valuable forest resources. Transporting firewood can move these pests to new locations. Website
Canadian Food Inspection Agency: Don't Move Firewood
Don't Move Firewood Information
Gypsy Moth: A Major Pest of Trees
Oregon Revised Statute 570.720 Firewood
Firewood sources, treatment, transportation, supply, sales, rules Law or rule
Washington Invasive Species Council Don't Move Firewood Education and Outreach Campaign