The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) are conducting surveys in Bethel, Ohio after detecting Asian Longhorned Beetles (ALB) 30 miles southeast of Cincinnati. The beetles kill several species of trees by tunneling into the trunk and large branches, making them detrimental to forests. APHIS and ODA are working together to determine the extent of the ALB infestation.
Previous beetle invasions have occurred in Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York, where they have all been successfully contained. More information about the Asian Longhorned Beetle in Ohio can be found here. (Written by Caitlin Vanasse; Staff Contact, Amy Mann)