CINCINNATI - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is asking the public to help fight the emergence and spread of Asian longhorned beetles.
Asian longhorned beetles can cause thousands of dollars in damage and they usually show up in August.
The Asian longhorned beetle is known as a destructive wood-eating pest of maple and other hardwoods.
"Whether you're camping, fishing, hiking, or just relaxing in the backyard, be on the lookout for Asian longhorned beetles and signs of their damage. Please inspect your trees at home regularly, and be aware of the risks of transporting forests pests when moving firewood," said Rebecca Blue, Deputy Under Secretary of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in a press release.
According to the USDA, adult Asian longhorn beetles are most active during the summer and early fall and can be seen on trees, branches, walls, outdoor furniture, cars, and sidewalks and caught in pool filters.
Asian longhorned beetles are described as being 1 to 1 ½ inches in length, having long antennas that are banded in black and white, six legs that may appear blue and a shiny jet black body with random white spots.
Signs of beetle infestation include, dime-sized (1/4" or larger), perfectly round exit holes in the tree, oval depressions on the bark where the eggs are laid, sawdust-like materials on the ground and branches and sap seeping from wounds in the tree.
To help stop the destruction of the Asian longhorned beetle the USDA is asking for the public to stop the spread by capturing the beetle, putting it in a jar and freezing it. To report a sighting and to learn more about the Asian longhorn beetle, visit www.BeetleBusters.info or call the toll free hotline at 1-866-702-9938.