VDACS News Releases
August 8, 2016
Check Trees in August for the Asian Longhorned Beetle
August is a Prime Time to Spot and Report Beetles
Contact: Elaine Lidholm, 804.786.7686
Although the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) has not been found in Virginia, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) encourages residents to check for this invasive pest by looking for signs in their trees and firewood transported from other states. To minimize further spread of the beetle, VDACS advises residents who see signs of the ALB to document, capture and report the insect to VDACS or the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS).
The ALB has the potential to destroy millions of acres of America's treasured hardwoods, including maple, birch, elm, willow, ash and poplar trees, just to name a few. The beetle is slow to spread on its own during the early stages of an infestation, so early detection and reporting is critical to containing it. People can also help by not moving firewood, which can transport the beetle hidden beneath the bark, to new areas.
The ALB has distinctive markings that are easy to recognize:
Signs of ALB infestation include:
What to do if you see signs of the ALB:
The Asian longhorned beetle, an invasive insect from Asia, has no natural enemies here. Since its discovery in the U.S. in 1996, it has led to the loss of more than 160,000 trees in forests, parks and neighborhoods. Once infested, trees will die and need to be removed.
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