New Insect Threatens Hardwood Trees
Forestry and Agriculture officials have a new enemy they are working to eliminate in terms of evasive insects.
The Asian Longhorned Beetle has been found in a handful of states. Much like the Emerald Ash Borer, the Asian Longhorned Beetle attacks and destroy hardwood trees. However while the Ash Borer is specific to Ash trees, the Asian Longhorned Beetle attacks all 13 types of hardwoods and the various species within each type.
Rhonda Santos with the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the Asian Longhorned Beetle hasn't been detected in Indiana yet, but Ohio is one of 4 states currently trying to eradicate the bug and Illinois just eradicted the pest in 2008. Santos says because the bug is known to attack any hardwood tree, it could be anywhere in the United States.
The Asian Longhorned Beetle is described as a jet black beetle with random white spots that is about an inch in length. Santos says residents should pay careful attention to their hardwood trees and report an evidence of unusual decay or damage or sightings of the bug to local Department of Natural Resources officials.