The ALB is a native of Asia but immigrated to North America via wood packing material from China. The beetle has been intercepted at ports thoughout the United States.
WHAT TREES WILL THE ALB ATTACK?
The preferred hosts of the ALB are maple trees, but it will also attack willows, poplars, ash, horsechestnuts, elm, and buckeye trees.
WHY SHOULD WE BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE ASIAN LONGHORNED BEETLE IN NEW JERSEY?
Maple trees comprise over thirty percent of the street tree population in New Jersey alone. If we were to get an infestation, we could lose nearly half the trees that line our streets and highways. In addition, six warehouses in New Jersey, have already been quarantined because crates imported from China were infested. The six warehouses are in Camden, Cream Ridge, Linden, Mahwah, New Brunswick, and Secaucus.
A ground survey was done in each area and as of yet the Asian Longhorned Beetle has not been detected, however the threat is real.
WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOU SEE AN ASIAN LONGHORNED BEETLE?
Record the exact location of where you saw the beetle or signs of the beetle. If necessary mark/flag the infested tree. If you have an actual specimen put it in a tight jar. You can then put it in the freezer until someone can inspect it. The freezing will kill the beetle but preserve it for identification.
MOST IMPORTANT: CONTACT THE NJ FOREST SERVICE OR THE USDA FOREST SERVICE IN YOUR AREA
For more information on the Asian Longhorned Beetle Awareness Project in New Jersey or if you would like to receive some information packages to spread the awareness, please contact:
New Jersey Forest Service
501 East State Street
PO Box 404
Trenton, NJ 08625
E-mail:Asian Longhorned Beetle Awareness Project