Posted by No Name Shown on Friday, July 18th, 2014 7:11 pm

Have you seen me?  The Asian long horn beetle?

It was not to long ago Jason came home from a job site and told me he thought he saw an Asian longhorn beetle. He was a little worried and weirdly excited at the same time.

The Asian longhorn beetle has made its was to Massachusetts in the past few years, while is hasn't been detected yet in western mass we need to be on the look out. This beetle is destructive for trees, especially maple, elms, willow and birch.  You might think its not a big deal if we lose some trees. Theses beetles and their larva infest trees and if not detected and irradicated they can kill them. If these beetles make their way into western Massachusetts destroy maple tree, affecting the maple syrup production or even the fall foliage. All of which brings a lot of revenue to Western Massachusetts.
What do the Asian long horn beetles look like? These beetles are Shiny, jet black body with distinctive white spots, Body is 1 to 1 ½ inches in length, Long antennae with black and white stripes,  Six long legs,  May have metallic looking blue feet
What damage does the Asian longhorn beetle do to a tree and what to look for. Damage from the Asian longhorned beetle might include: Dime-sized holes in trees from where beetles crawl out of the wood, (see above for what a longhrn beetle looks like), Shallow scraped pits in the wood from where the beetle lays eggs, A series of chewed round depressions in the bark of a tree Pencil-sized, perfectly round tree exit holes Oozing sap or small piles of sawdust at the base of infested trees and branches Unseasonable yellowed or drooping leaves

You might be thinking what can I do to make sure these beetles don't affect me trees. Inspect you trees for the beetles and signs the beetles are damaging your trees ( see above) Don't move firewood, make sure you buy your firewood local to where you'll burn it. Adult beetles and their larva can survive hidden in the firewood.

What to do if you think you have seen an Asian longhorn beetle.

Report a sighting here, or call 1-866-702-9938