WASHINGTON - Clermont County, Ohio, is receiving an additional $14.8 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to stop the spread and eradicate the pesky Asian longhorned beetle (ALB)
The additional funding will be used to increase tree inspection surveys in order to determine the extent of the infestation and ensure the timely removal of infested trees.
Scientists suspect the ALB arrived in the United States ini cargo containers transported from China. Since first being spotted in Brooklyn, NY, in 1996, the 1-inch-long beetle with a shiny metallic black body and long antenae, has spread throughout the Northeastern United States and in large numbers as far west as Chicago. Quarantines have been implemented in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Ohio.
Both forest and urban hardwood trees are damaged when female Asian longhorned beetles lay up to 90 egg on the bark of a healthy tree. After hatching, the worm-like larvae burrow into the tree and feed on the woody tissue, eventually weakening the tree.