Asian Longhorned Beetles have been found in the towns of Babylon, Oyster Bay and Huntington, but the infestation may be moving west. It has been seen in Queens and may affect trees in our community.
This Beetle can destroy millions of trees that line streets, grow in backyards, and that fill our parks.
The best line of defense against this devastating pest is you!! If you see even one, report it before it has the chance to destroy your trees.
Here are a few signs to look out for:
Dime-sized exit holes
Shallow Scars In Bark
Sawdust-like material around tree
They can be found on a wide variety of species including maple, ash, birch, elm, horse chestnut, willow, poplar and other hardwoods.
The adult ALB (Asian Longhorned Beetle) is a distinctive-looking insect with the following unique characteristics:
1 inch to 1 ½ inches in length
Long antennae banded with black and white (longer than the insect’s body)
Shiny, jet black body with distinctive white spots
May have blue feet
While the Asian Longhorn Beetle may appear threatening, it is harmless to humans and pets.
If you suspect your tree of being a breeding ground for the Asian Longhorned Beetle or have spotted the Beetle, try to take a picture of it and notify the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets immediately at 1(877) STOP-ALB (877-786-7252). Also, please let the Village know at firstname.lastname@example.org