ALB eNewsletter | August 30, 2019

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Recent news on the Asian Longhorned Beetle. Find out what's happening in your state.
 

August 30, 2019

This eNewsletter is designed to keep you up-to-date with Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) eradication efforts and serve as a meaningful resource for the most current information. Presently, there are active eradication programs operating in three states: New York, Massachusetts and Ohio. The following information pertains to eradication activities in each of these states.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

August 5 – Ohio Department of Agriculture releases a new thirty second video about Tree Check Month and asks for help in slowing the spread of the beetle…watch now

 

Even though Tree Check Month for ALB is almost over please keep looking for the beetle and the tree damage it causes and report it

 

National Phenology Network publishes forecast maps for ALB adult emergence – the maps are based on growing degree days thresholds for key points in the beetle's life cycle…view the latest forecast map

 

OHIO – First detection in June 2011

Regulated Area: 56.5 sq. miles*

56.5 – Clermont County (Tate and Williamsburg Townships)

Infested Trees: 19,142

19,057 – Tate Township

48 – Monroe Township

3 – Stonelick/Batavia Township

34 – East Fork Recreational Area

Removals: 101,138

19,040 Infested:

   18,955 – Tate Township

   48 – Monroe Township

   3 – Stonelick/Batavia Township

   34 – East Fork Recreation Area

82,098 High-risk hosts

   64,585 – Tate Township

   1,138 – Monroe Township

   0 – Stonelick/Batavia Township

   16,375 – East Fork Recreation Area

Surveys: 3,112,939

* Monroe Township declared eradication in September 2018, resulting in a reduction of the regulated area by .5 sq. miles. Stonelick and Batavia Townships declared eradication in March 2018, resulting in a reduction of the regulated area by 5 sq. miles.

Ground and aerial survey crews continue to conduct delimiting surveys, inspecting all host trees throughout the regulated areas in Clermont County. Staff continues to monitor regulated areas, respond to service calls and conduct training sessions for compliance agreements. To report suspicious activity, please call 513-381-7180. Infested trees are removed throughout the year, as they are detected. The wood disposal yard located at 2896 State Route 232 in Bethel is open for business: Mon. through Fri. from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Wood chips are available for residents from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the first Sat. of every month. Click Ohio for more information.

 

MASSACHUSETTS – First detection in August 2008

Regulated Area: 110 sq. miles*

110 – Worcester County (Worcester, West Boylston, Boylston, Holden, Shrewsbury, Auburn)

Infested Trees:  24,207**

20,759 – Worcester

1,097 – Shrewsbury

233 – Holden

699 – West Boylston

1,413 – Boylston

0 – Auburn

6 – Boston

Removals: 36,246**

24,190 Infested:

   20,759 – Worcester

   1,097 – Shrewsbury

   235 – Holden

   697 – West Boylston

   1,396 – Boylston

   0 – Auburn

   6 – Boston

12,056 High-risk hosts:

   11,950 – Worcester

   44 – Shrewsbury

   0 – Holden

   33 – West Boylston

   29 – Boylston

   0 – Auburn

   0 – Boston

Surveys: Inspections continue

* Boston (Suffolk County) declared eradication in 2014, resulting in a reduction of the regulated area by 10 sq. miles.

** In 2018 audits were performed on the tree totals and the counts shown represent the correct totals. Due to additional host trees removed through acreage cuts within the regulated area, the actual number of infested trees and the actual number of trees removed is unknown.

Ground and aerial survey crews continue to conduct delimiting surveys, inspecting all host trees throughout the regulated areas in Worcester County. Staff continues to monitor regulated area, respond to service calls and conduct training sessions for compliance agreements. To report suspicious activity, please call 508-852-8110. The program continues to remove and destroy infested trees. Infested trees are removed throughout the year, as they are detected. The wood disposal yard is now located at 0 Dr. Paul Ware Drive in Boylston and is open for business Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Click Massachusetts for more information.

 

NEW YORK – First detection in August 1996

Regulated Area: 111 sq. miles*

28 – Kings County (Brooklyn)

32 – Queens County (Queens)

51 – Nassau/Suffolk County (Amityville)

Infested Trees: 7,181

2,327 – Brooklyn

1,831 – Queens

110 – Manhattan

2,832 – Amityville

27 – Islip

57 – Staten Island, includes Pralls Island

Removals: 24,027

7,181 Infested:

   2,327 – Brooklyn

   1,831 – Queens

   110 – Manhattan

   2,829 – Amityville

   27 – Islip

   57 – Staten Island, includes Pralls Island

16,846 High-risk hosts:

   139 – Brooklyn

   911 – Queens

   20 – Manhattan

   5,354 – Amityville

   154 – Islip

   10,268 – Staten Island, includes Pralls Island

Surveys: Inspections continue

* New infestation detected in the Amityville area in 2013 resulted in an increase of the regulated area by 28 sq. miles. Manhattan (New York County) and Staten Island (Richmond County) declared eradication in 2013, resulting in a reduction of the regulated area by 26 sq. miles. Islip (Suffolk County) declared eradication in 2011, resulting in a reduction of the regulated area by 7 sq. miles. Eastern Queens (Queens County) declared eradication in 2017, resulting in a reduction of the regulated area by 26 sq. miles.

Ground and aerial survey crews continue to conduct surveys, inspecting all host trees throughout the regulated areas in Kings, Queens, and Nassau/Suffolk counties. Staff continues to monitor regulated areas, respond to service calls and conduct training sessions for compliance agreements. Click New York for more information.

 

OTHER STATES:

Eradication efforts eliminated infestations and removed regulations in Illinois (2008) and New Jersey (2013).

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

The program has no public meetings planned at this time.

 

REMINDERS:

The mission of the eradication program is to help save trees and to eliminate the beetle from infested areas. Residents in Asian longhorned beetle regulated areas cannot move firewood or wood debris outside of the regulated area. Residents are also discouraged from moving firewood and wood debris inside the regulated area. In the event of inclement weather, surveys and infested tree removals may be delayed or cancelled.

 

If you think you’ve found an Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) or signs of infestation, always record the area where the specimen was found. If possible, capture the insect you think is an Asian longhorned beetle, place it in a jar and freeze it — this will preserve the insect for easy identification. Take digital pictures of the insect and damage to your trees in case officials request them, and Report It.

 

More Information:

There are other ways to stay informed about Asian longhorned beetle eradication efforts:

ON THE WEB: www.AsianLonghornedBeetle.com or APHIS Asian longhorned beetle

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/asianlonghornbeetle

YOUTUBE: youtube.com/user/BeetleBusters

TWITTER: @StopALB

 

For local information about eradication activities, or if you think you’ve found an insect or signs of infestation, please call 1-866-702-9938, or contact your state’s ALB eradication program office directly:

Ohio: (513) 381-7180

Massachusetts: (508) 852-8090

New York: (800) STOP-ALB or (631) 598-5943

 


Asian longhorned beetle eradication programs are cooperative programs.  USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) works with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and partnering organizations in each affected state.  In Ohio, the cooperative eradication program is comprised of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio State University Extension and Clermont County.  In Massachusetts, the cooperative eradication program is comprised of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, the city of Worcester, the towns of Holden, West Boylston, Boylston, Shrewsbury and Auburn, the city of Boston, and the town of Brookline.  In New York, the cooperative eradication program is comprised of the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.