June 4, 2021, Ottawa ON
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) in Kings County, Nova Scotia. This detection is outside of currently regulated areas for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in the province, which includes the counties of Digby, Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth and Annapolis.
CFIA and its partners are conducting additional surveys to determine whether the pest has become established in the area, and if so, the extent of the spread.
The movement of all hemlock material out of the current regulated areas–such as nursery stock, roots, bulbs, seeds and other plant parts along with logs, branches, and woodchips, and all species of firewood from the affected site–is restricted.
Although the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid poses no threat to human health, it is highly destructive to hemlock trees.
CFIA continues to work with federal, provincial, municipal and First Nations partners and stakeholders to slow the spread of this pest.