State, Feds Ask Mainers To Go On Beetle Patrol For Bad Bug

Aug 5, 2019

An Asian longhorned beetle sits on wood with holes left by the voracious beetles as they eat through trees in this file photo from 1997.
Credit Charles Harrington / Cornell University/via Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine - State and federal authorities are asking Mainers to keep an eye on trees this month for the Asian longhorned beetle, an invasive pest.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are both asking residents to be on the lookout for the beetle. The USDA has declared August "Tree Check Month'' and is asking residents to take five minutes to report any signs they see of the beetle.
 
The beetle feeds on hardwood trees such as maple, birch, elm and ash. The USDA says it has led to the loss of more than 180,000 trees and active infestations are going on in New York and Ohio.
 
The beetle is easy to recognize in part because it has antennae longer than its body.