First Ohio infestation of tree-destroying beetle found in Clermont County

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First Ohio infestation of tree-destroying beetle found in Clermont County

WXIX – The U.S. Department of agriculture has quarantined Clermont County after the discovery of a infestation of Asian longhorned beetles in Tate Township in eastern Clermont County, according to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.

The beetles attack a wide variety of broadleaf trees, particularly maples.

The Department of Agriculture says Ohio is the fifth state to detect ALB, which the Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed after a citizen reported finding unusual damage in three maple trees to an Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry service forester. Previous infestations sites, where the beetles are being successfully contained, include Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.

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