A Brief History Of The Asian Long-Horned Beetle’s Arrival To North America
The Asian long-horned beetle is an invasive insect that is found in China and Korea. Scientists believe the insect was brought to North America through cargo ships carrying wood packing material that was infested with Asian long-horned beetles. The beetle has been found aboard ships from Asia at US ports and in warehouses across the United States. In Asia the beetle is known to be a highly destructive pest that destroys tree plantings along roadsides and tree plantations. It is believed that the Asian long-horned beetle arrived in North America in the 1980s. The pest has now spread from the United States to Canada and areas affected include the greater Toronto area.
Identifying The Asian Long-Horned Beetle
Asian long-horned beetles are black in color with white spots all over their bodies. Their distinguishing feature is their long black and white striped antennae. The size of the Asian long-horned beetle is three quarters of an inch to about one and one quarter of an inch. Their antennae are one and half to two and half times the length of their bodies. They have bluish colored legs.
Identifying Infestations Of Asian Long-Horned Beetles In Trees
Trees affected by Asian long-horned beetles will often have small round indentations in their bark. These are spots where females lay eggs. Look for numerous such spots in your trees as an indicator of Asian long-horned beetle activity. If you see sap coming out of niches or indentations in your trees these are most likely from the larvae feeding from inside the tree. Sawdust in and around tree branches is another indicator of Asian long-horned beetles. The sawdust is a result of the beetles boring into the tree. Small round holes typically half an inch in size are another sign of the pest. The holes are made by the adult beetles as they leave the inside of the tree after their larval stage.
Dealing With Asian Long-Horned Beetles
The Asian long-horned beetle is considered a serious and invasive pest both in Canada and the United States. If you have any symptoms described in your trees do not hesitate to call Timeberlane Tree Service immediately. While infested trees will have to be destroyed, other trees and plantations can be saved from further damage if rapid action is taken. Call Timberlane Tree Service at 1-888-718-TREE if you have a pest problem. The firm services the Toronto greater area.