Asian longhorned beetle

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.


AUGUSTA, Maine - Authorities in Maine and elsewhere in the country are asking residents to be on the lookout for the destructive Asian longhorned beetle this month.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says August is the best time of the year to check trees for the invasive pest, which destroys trees. The beetles can cause branches to drop from trees, and worsen storm damage.

Courtesy USDA

LINCOLN, Maine - Conservation experts in Maine are looking to bug the state's residents for the good of its forests.
The Penobscot County Soil and Water Conservation District is asking the public to come out for a free program about invasive forest pests. Forest pests are species that jeopardize the health of the state's working forests and can do physical and economic damage to industries and natural areas.

PORTLAND, Maine - Visitors to Maine over the next couple of days could see some Maine Forest Service rangers at key locations. The rangers will be on the lookout for firewood visitors might attempt to bring in to the state because it could carry some destructive invasive insects.

For several years, the Forest Service switched out visitors' imported firewood for homegrown wood, and embarked on an education campaign about the dangers posed by invasive insects. This year, rangers will simply take the illegal firewood and dispose of it properly.