The Connecticut Cooperative Extension System offers its programs to persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability and is an equal opportunity employer. This perhaps year old giant is about 9 feet in diameter, 95 feet tall and has a canopy spread of around feet. They are shiny black with white spots and antennae that are banded black and white. The darker birches, such as the black and yellow birches, are not considered to be as susceptible to the beetle. Surveying Trees in Worcester. The reason for the expensive eradication efforts is the expectation that the Asian longhorned beetle would cause considerable damage if allowed to spread.
Asian Long-Horned Beetle
Meanwhile, China, along with the rest of the world, experienced a surge in foreign trade. A complete list of host trees in the U. On average, we bring a major new agricultural pest into the country every three or four years. It was a bitterly cold day, one of the coldest on record in November in that part of the state, and the men tramped through the underbrush with their shoulders raised against the wind and their hands thrust in their jacket pockets. The beetles have been intercepted in dozens of ports and warehouses across the country, from Mobile, Alabama, to Bellingham, Washington.
Asian Long horned Beetle (ALB) | Shrewsbury, MA
Skip table of contents. Within days of Donna Massie's telephone call, authorities from APHIS arrived in Worcester to orchestrate a containment plan with state and local officials. The earth already belongs to the insects. I've been studying this beetle for years and I think eradication is really possible, and that's hard to say about most insects. The regulations have reduced the entry of the ALB into the country, although, even today, dozens of the beetles are intercepted annually in ports nationwide, and other avenues of entry, such as live plant imports, remain. Was this information helpful? The European gypsy moth, let loose in Massachusetts in the s, has ravaged oaks and other trees, and the hemlock woolly adelgid, an Asian insect introduced to the East Coast in , has caused widespread mortality in hemlocks.
Multiple years of ALB infestation will eventually kill the tree. Optional Please tell us how we can make this page more helpful. Environmental Assessment. Between and , the European countries have cut more than 1, trees and spent nearly , Euros Haack et al. Of those 12, maple Acer spp. They also partner with other federal agencies, state agencies such as the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources MDAR , local city and town government officials, and other stakeholders in Massachusetts. One obvious impact would be on timber production.
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