4 Signs of Asian Longhorned Beetles [Video]
Learn how to spot the beetles that have infested the town.
Shrewsbury officials are working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to eradicate the Asian longhorned beetles found in town.
Throughout the life cycle of the Asian longhorned beetle, they can infect trees. Here are the signs:
- Shallow depressions in the bark where the beetle lays its eggs.
- Dime-sized exit holes where the adult beetle emerges.
- Sawdust-like materials, called frass, on the ground and branches.
- Dead branches and canopy dieback.
The Asian longhorned beetle is an invasive insect that feeds certain species of hardwood trees, eventually killing them.
Learn how to spot the beetle:
- They are 1 to 1 and 1/2 inches in length.
- They have a shiny, jet black body with distinctive white spots.
- They have a long antennae banded in black and white (longer than the beetle's body).
- They may have blue feet.
- They have six legs.
What can you do?
- Know the signs and look for the beetle. If you find it, report it immediately.
- Never move firewood because it may contain the beetle, its larvae or eggs. And always burn firewood where you get it.
- Allow officials to access your property to inspect for the beetle or do work.
- Do not plant ALB host tress like: ash, birches, boxwelder maple, elm, European mountain ash, hackberry, horsechestnut, London planetree, Norway maple, mimosa, poplars (excluding cottonwood), red maple, silver maple, sugar maple and willow.
To report an infestation, call 866-702-9938 or go to the ALB program's website.