Box Tree Moth Quarantine

No moving Boxwoods!

On April 11th 2024, ODA began a quarantine in Southwest Ohio (Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, Greene, Montgomery, and Warren counties) to help restrict the spread of the Box Tree Moth. The movement of boxwood shrubs is prohibited in the listed counties.

Though these moths do not hurt native plants, they can decimate the boxwood, an important and common ornamental shrub in Ohio. ODA encourages residents to report any potential infestations. Evidence of damage includes chewed, cut, or missing leaves, yellowing or brown leaves, white webbing, and green-black excrement on or around the plant. For more information go to: