Aisian longhorned beetle posing threat to Iowa trees

By Matt Kelley
Radio Iowa
August 18, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Iowans are being asked to be on guard for an insect that’s lethal to a variety of trees. Rhonda Santos, a spokeswoman for the U.S.D.A. says Iowa homeowners should examine their trees for the Asian longhorned beetle and report any clues they find about the invasive pest. “Now is the best time to look for and report the signs of the Asian longhorned beetle in your backyard and in your neighborhood,” Santos says. “This wood-boring beetle attacks many types of trees and is a threat to our shade trees, recreational areas and our forest resources.” …The beetle is not native to the U.S. and has few-to-no natural predators. Santos encourages Iowans to take five minutes and give your trees a close inspection for those round holes or sawdust. Santos says, “If you see these signs, take photos and capture the suspicious insects to help the U.S.D.A. with identification.”

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