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April 7, 2006

Collective effort produces Asian longhorned beetle information

Government organizations combined resources to develop a PowerPoint slide show, a Web page, and informational flyers on how to detect and report suspected infestations of the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB).

   Adult Asian longhorned beetle

Asian longhorned beetle.
Photo by Dennis Haugen, USDA, Forest Service

In 2005, the ALB was found in a warehouse in Sacramento. The pest has the potential to destroy millions of acres of hardwood trees such as elm, maple, boxelder, birch, horse chestnut, poplar, willow, mimosa, and hackberry. Infestations in New York, Illinois, and New Jersey resulted in the removal of thousands of trees and cost state and federal governments in excess of $168 million.

The Web site, www.wripmc.org/alerts/, is a one-stop resource to educate consumers on how to report and prevent Asian longhorned beetle infestations in California.

The following organizations helped to develop the information: University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program; the National Plant Diagnostic Network, Western Region; USDA-APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine; USDA-Forest Service; California Department of Food and Agriculture; and the Sacramento County Agricultural Commissioner. The USDA-CSREES Integrated Pest Management Centers produced and distributed the Pest Alert.


High-resolution image (907KB) "Adult Asian longhorned beetle." Photo credit: Courtesy of UC Statewide IPM Program, Dennis Haugen, USDA, Forest Service. Photos are for use with this release only. All other uses see Legal Notices.

Pest Alert: Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis)


Stephanie Klunk, Communications Specialist
UC Statewide IPM Program
(530) 754-6724

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