STATE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION
2018 ASIAN LONGHORNED BETTLE TRAPPING
Please see the attached map showing this year's trap locations. Each will remain up until October when they will then be removed by DCR staff. Northborough remains outside of the regulated area as no beetles have been found in Town.
Asian Longhorned Beetle Cooperative Eradication Program
Since the first Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) was found in Worcester in August 2008, the regulated area has expanded to 110 square miles within Worcester County including all of Worcester, West Boylston, Boylston, and Shrewsbury, as well as part of Holden and Auburn.
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (USDA APHIS), the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Resources (MDAR), and local communities in par work together on ALB eradication efforts in the Commonwealth providing jobs for 33 full time and seasonal State employees along with the 55 federal staff.
Nearly 2.9 million (2,831,824) trees susceptible to ALB (host trees) have been surveyed. 24,179 infested trees have been found and have been removed and destroyed. In addition, 1,656 acres of host trees removals have been conducted.
The DCR also places 560 pheromone traps in and around the regulated area each year to assist with detection efforts. Traps are checked on a biweekly basis and will be removed come the end of September. The number of ALB infested trees found per year has been declining and no live beetles have been found in two years.
For further information call the Asian Longhorned Beetle Worcester office at 1-800-852-8090 or visit AsianlonghornedBeetle.com