Asian Longhorn Beetle Infestation in Boston

 On Tuesday, July 13th at 6:00pm, USDA, state and city officials will host a community meeting at the Golf Clubhouse, Circuit Drive at Franklin Park. Please attend this important meeting to learn how you can help!!


USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the discovery of the Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis), a devastating invasive species, in six red maple trees on Faulkner Hospital property in Jamaica Plain. The trees have been destroyed and the grounds closely monitored. The  MA Department of Conservation and Recreation has issued an indefinite quarantine on 1.5 miles of land surrounding the infestation.  A heavily wooded part of the city, the area includes Arnold Arboretum, Franklin Park, Allandale Woods Urban Wild and Jamaica Pond. No woody material will be permitted to enter or leave the quarantined area.
News of the infestation comes a year after the beetle was discovered 40 miles west in Worcester. Approximately 27,000 infested trees were destroyed there and another 10,000 were taken down as precaution.
Asian longhorned beetle larvae tunnel into hardwood trees, feeding on nutrients while weakening and ultimately killing the host tree. The pest has no natural predators in the U.S., making the beetle particularly devastating.
The beetle is a serious threat to deciduous hardwood species found in the Boston area (e.g maple, elm, willow, and birch). For a complete list of host species, visit: http://www.uvm.edu/albeetle/hosts.htm.  Be on the lookout for adult beetles, round pits or holes the size of a pencil head in bark, oozing sap, saw dust, and weak-looking trees. For detailed information on the beetle and instructions on identifying an infestation read the following USDA publication (2 pages).
 Report any suspicious signs by calling 866-702-9938. If you suspect an Asian Longhorned Beetle, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service advises you to collect an adult beetle in a jar, place the jar in the freezer and immediately call the above number. Make note of where you found the beetle. The University of Vermont provides useful information on distinguishing an ALB from a look-a-like as does APHIS.