The European hardwood ambrosia beetle has a broad host range and infests many broadleaf trees. In its natural range, it has been reported from: oak, beech, maple, alders, hornbeams, birch, mountain ash, linden, cherry, Persian walnut, white mulberry, black locust, which is exotic to Europe; ash, chestnut, thornapple, holly, apple, and willow.
The European hardwood ambrosia beetle and resultant damage could have severe economic impacts on the hardwood lumber industry, especially high quality products such as veneer, paneling and furniture. Injury to living trees could create infection courts for decay fungi, resulting in decay or tree death. Adults are capable of dispersing several km per year via independent flight and are also subject to wind dispersal. It has a high reproductive potential and a broad host range. Moreover, potential hosts have contiguous distributions in many parts of North America. Newly established populations could go undetected for long periods because of the cryptic nature of the immature stages. Also, the adults and damage superficially resembles indigenous ambrosia beetles.
The European hardwood ambrosia beetle is not known to occur in Indiana.