Ohio is one of three states, along with Massachusetts and New York, with quarantine regulations attempting to control the spread of the Asian Longhorned Beetle. The other 47 states are also at risk from this destructive insect that has destroyed 80,000 hardwood trees in the U.S.
Trees at Risk
In Ohio, the Buckeye tree is at risk as well as the state’s multi-billion dollar nursery industry. It’s estimated the beetle has already affected seven billion board feet of maple wood alone and is affecting maple sugar processors.
Once the Asian Longhorned Beetle infests a tree, there is no cure. The beetle bores into the heartwood of the tree where treatments can’t reach. The adult beetle is most active during summer and early fall.
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What to Look For
The signs of the Asian Longhorned Beetle include:
- Dime-sized exit holes,
- Shallow scars in bark
- Sawdust-like material around the tree
- Dead branches and sightings of the beetle
The beetle is one to one and a half inches long with shiny black body and random white spots and long antennae. Please take ten minutes and check your trees for any signs of damage.
Watch this video from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for more information:
What to Do if Your Tree is Infected
If you see the beetle or signs of damage, it’s important to report it to officials and allow them access to survey your trees. Report your findings or contact the Ohio Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication Program at 513-381-7180 or 866-702-9938.
Find more information at the United States Department of Agriculture.
Photos courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture