Statutory action will be taken in response to any finding. The pest will be included in the Sentinal plants project and a watching brief kept, including monitoring developments in North America.
Wood boring pest with a preference for red oaks, present in the Southern US and Northern Mexico. The Risk Rating has been applied on a precautionary basis, to reflect uncertainties about any potential risk to white oaks, native in the UK. Mitigations in place for imports of oak from North America. Watching brief and Sentinel planting in North America will help determine if native UK white oaks likely to be at risk.