Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Threat from the Asian Long Horned Beetle

It is not just people that immigrate to America from other parts of the world. Pests from other countries love to make their way to our shores. Some of these pests can pose a huge threat to your trees and your property value. A growing threat to trees in the Northeast is the Asian Long Horned Beetle. This pest was first reported in New York City in 1996 but has now spread as far north as Worchester, Massachusetts, and in parts of Chicago. If it keeps spreading this menace could be found all over the Midwest and Northeast in a few years. The Asian Long Horned Beetle is native to China, and it probably came to the US with imported wood. This pest kills trees by boring into them and laying eggs. Larvae hatch from the eggs and bore tunnels through the trees which kill them. According to experts at the US Forest Service and State Universities the beetle likes to infest these species of trees: • Maple • Box Elder • Horsechestnut • Willow • Elm • Birch • Sycamore Since these are popular ornamental trees on residential properties the Asian Long Horned Beetle can be a huge threat to property values. Property owners in urban areas need to be on the look out for it. How to Stop Pests like the Asian Long Horned Beetle from Killing Your Trees The best way to stop pests like the Asian Long Horned Beetle is to employ a professional tree service. Regular inspection by professionals is the best way to detect pests before they kill your trees. The professionals can take the proper action needed to save trees including spraying and proper pruning. If trees are not properly inspected for pests by professional arborists, it is entirely possible that they will have to removed. Tree removal is an expensive process that will diminish your property’s value. You can protect your trees with professional inspection. Unfortunately the Asian Long Horned Beetle is not the only pest out there. There are now hundreds of tree-killing pests operating in the United States. It is only a matter of time before one of them targets your property. You can protect your trees by employing a professional tree service.

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