Asian Longhorned Beetle Update

If you’re in the Boston area, you’ve already heard about the discovery at Faulkner Hospital of six trees infested with the Asian Longhorned Beetle.  Yesterday, our managers and crew leaders attended a briefing by the USDA to learn about how the problem is being addressed in the landcare industry.

What Can We Do?

Our crews will be monitoring the properties we serve throughout the Boston area, and will be contacting the USDA if we see signs of infestation.  In addition, we will be observing new regulations within the quarantine zone established by the USDA and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).  We do not expect these rules to disrupt our customers’ experience of service.  We will be able to continue tree pruning and removal in the regulated area, but will need to chip all uninfested wood on-site before removal.  Trunks and stumps too large for chipping will require special disposal permits.  Landscapers cannot remove infested trees or wood.

What Can You Do?

Do not move wood or brush >1/2″ in diameter from your property.  Contact a trained landscaper for chipping and removal.  If you need firewood when camping this summer, buy from sources local to the campsite, rather then transporting firewood.

Monitor for signs of the beetles, which are generally active July-October.

  • Adult beetles – 3/4″-1 1/2″ long; long antennae with white bands;  shiny black body with bright white spots
  • Perfectly round 3/8″  exit holes (a little smaller than a dime) in host trees, often with sawdust below or divets in bark nearby
  • White sap oozing from exit holes