BOSTON (CBS/AP) – The state is warning about the recent discovery of an invasive beetle that could cause some serious harm to certain trees.

The emerald ash borer was detected in Dalton in the Berkshires on August 31.

State health officials are laying out steps to try to stop the pest from spreading.

The emerald ash borer can wipe out ash species of trees.

The native to China was first discovered in North America in Michigan in 2002 and has spread across the Midwest and Northeast.

The beetle was found in New York state in 2009, and in Connecticut in July.

Officials say the beetle is often transported by people carrying firewood across state lines.

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