Forestry Experts Warn of Insect That Devastates Trees

By Brett Martin |

Published 07/31 2014 06:39AM

Updated 07/31 2014 06:52AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --  A certain insect is causing concern for arborist across the country. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is warning about the damage it can do.

The Asian Longhorned beetle originated in china and has made its way to the United States.
If the bugs infest an area, it is capable of wiping out heavy forested areas.

While it hasn't been found in Missouri, the USDA says being vigilant is key.

"The beetle itself can be very devastating both the larva phase and the adult beetle will bore holes in the wood which allows for fungal invasion but then also kills the tree directly by disrupting sap flow," says Gary Woodward, USDA Deputy Under Secretary.

Woodward says August has been designated Check Your Tree month.

He says you should check your trees at least once a month for the insect and others.

The Asian Longhorned Beetle leaves behind exit holes in the tree bark itself and can impact more than 10 different types of trees.

Woodward says avoiding transferring wood from state to state can help avoid spreading the infestation.

"One of the principle ways of spreading these infestations is the movement of fire wood, nursery stock which might harbor live insects, larva or pupa."

The USDA encourages you to contact them if you believe you have an problem.

You can contact them at at or call 866-702-9938 and they will send an expert to check to see if its the actual insect or not.

Learn more about Asian Longhorned Beetles here 

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