Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Navigate Up
Sign In

Quick Launch

Got Nature? > Posts > USDA Urges the Public to Report Asian Longhorned Beetle Sightings
August 08
USDA Urges the Public to Report Asian Longhorned Beetle Sightings


WASHINGTON, July 30, 2012--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is asking the public to be on the lookout for the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). August is a time of peak emergence for the devastating invasive pest and a critical time for building the public’s awareness of ALB.

Asian BeetleALB was first discovered in the United States in 1996, likely arriving in wood packing material from Asia. The beetle is an invasive insect that feeds on 13 different genera of hardwoods trees, eventually killing them. Maple, willow, elm, horsechestnut and birch are the host trees most preferred by the ALB. Since 1996, the pest has infested trees in Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Ohio, resulting in the removal of more than 80,000 host trees. It threatens recreational areas, forests, and suburban and urban shade trees. Important American industries such as timber, nursery stock, maple syrup production, and tourism—industries that support millions of American jobs and pump billions of dollars into our nation’s economy—are at risk.

“The public is our first line of defense because early detection is crucial and could mean more trees saved,” said Rebecca Blue, Deputy Under Secretary of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). “Whether you’re camping, fishing, hiking, or just relaxing in the backyard, be on the lookout for Asian longhorned beetles and signs of their damage. Please inspect your trees at home regularly, and be aware of the risks of transporting forests pests when moving firewood.”WASHINGTON, July 30, 2012--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is asking the public to be on the lookout for the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). August is a time of peak emergence for the devastating invasive pest and a critical time for building the public’s awareness of ALB.

To report a sighting or gain additional information, visit www.BeetleBusters.info or call the toll free hotline at 1-866-702-9938. For information about the beetle and program activities, please contact your local ALB Cooperative Eradication Program at www.aphis.usda.gov.
 
G.Dave Hutton
USDA-APHIS-PPQ-SITC-IN
1305 Cumberland Avenue Ste. 102
West Lafayette, Indiana 47906
Ph# 765 497 7352
Fax # 765 497 2879

 

More information on pest alerts view Purdue Extension/Invasive Pest Resources or The Education Store for publciations.

 

 Have a Question?

 

Question BubbleEnter a question for the blog.
Specialists will post the resources you need.

 

 Links

 

FNR Extension

Purdue Extension

FNR Facebook
FNR Facebook


For publications:
The Education Store

Purdue Nature of Teaching
HelptheHellbender.org
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Master Gardener, Purdue University
Tree Doctor App, Purdue University
Purdue Plant & Pest Diagnostic Laboratory
Purdue Six Legs News Column
Purdue Yard and Garden