Asian Longhorned Beetle

From the United States Department of Agriculture:

Ohio Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication Program Announces 2014 Plans for Fighting the Beetle in Clermont County

Washington, March 31, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) together with the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) today announced its 2014 plans for the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) infestation in Clermont County, Ohio.

The program will continue survey efforts of host trees within the current regulated areas of Tate Township, Monroe Township and Stonelick/Batavia Townships. Surveys are completed by specially trained federal, state and contracted ground survey crews and tree climbers. Currently, a survey contract exists with Davey Tree Expert Company. Since June 2011, the program has conducted over 1 million host tree surveys.

The eradication program will use pesticide treatment applications in the same regulated areas of Monroe and Stonelick/Batavia Townships that were treated in 2013. In 2013, the program treated 13,232 host trees in these areas. Pesticide treatment applications will not be used in Tate Township this year as surveys and infested tree removals remain the priority. The use of treatment applications will be reevaluated annually.

Infested trees will continue to be removed throughout the year as they are detected. To date, 10,741 infested trees and 24,104 high-risk host trees have been removed from the Clermont County regulated areas.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering an ALB Tree Canopy Enhancement Program for which affected property owners in Tate, Batavia, Stonelick, and Monroe Townships in Clermont County can select trees from the restoration tree list available at http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/.