Camping With Insects

Hemlock Wooly Adelgid

Hemlock Wooly Adelgid

The Hemlock Wooly Adelgid is an invasive species that has killed or damaged considerable numbers of Hemlock trees in Eastern North America. Large, dead hemlocks pose a threat to campers due to falling limbs and trunks. The danger is more acute during windy weather.

Falling limb hazards have led South Carolina to temporarily close the Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve to campers. State officials report serious injuries to a camper (who defied the ban) as evidence that the concern is real. In addition, the large amount of dead wood is a fire hazard that has led to a campfire ban.

Park officials say the camping ban is temporary, but will last until the dangerous limbs fall down or are removed. Invasive species, such as Hemlock Wooly Adelgid do considerable harm to our parks and environment and degrade our quality of life. It is important that government agencies do all they can to exclude these pests and monitor hitchhikers on international trade goods.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is a retired Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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2 Responses to Camping With Insects

  1. Matt G. says:

    This article is really useful, I am an avid camper. My family goes on a camping trip about 3 times a year. It kind of scares me to know this because I could just be out in the woods and a tree could fall and hit my dad or me and hurt us. I am going to be more careful when I go camping with my dad. I look forward to seeing how park authorities will control this in the future so that me and my family can be safe.

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