Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) has been in the news recently, including a BYGL Alert written by Joe Boggs on November 18, 2016 - "New ALB Infestation Found in Clermont County, OH." That BYGL Alert can be found by clicking on this link: http://bygl.osu.edu/node/641
While there is an interest in regular ALB Updates in Ohio since eradication efforts are underway to eliminate this exotic invader in the buckeye state. People may occasionally want a national update with reports from Massachusetts and New York and their eradication efforts all coordinated by USDA. Raising awareness and staying up-to-date is critical.
To view this eNewletter, click on this link: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAAPHIS/bulletins/175f21f
As we enter into the leafless season of deciduous trees, it is important to mention that this is a great time to check-out trees and look for signs and symptoms of ALB - i.e. perfectly round exit holes and limb breakage at points where larval activity weakens branches.
Early detection is critical. While ALB does have a wide host range, if you decide to monitor trees throughout the year, you may want to focus on some of the ALB favorites - maples (Acer spp.), specifically red and silver. While it is important to realize that other trees can be infested, if you have a red or silver maple that you can monitor, that would be best, especially since we are after early detection.
Stay tuned for additional updates and training programs specifically on ALB that are being planned for late winter 2017. Information will be in upcoming BYGL Alerts!