The Asian Long Horned beetle is an invasive insect that has infested thousands of trees in Massachusetts and New York. Although the beetle has not been seen in Connecticut, the state just approved regulations describing what procedures would be followed if it is found here.
Ever since the Asian Long Horned Beetle was discovered in Worcester Massachusetts in 2008, Connecticut has been bracing for an infestation. Worcester has had the biggest infestation in the country, covering at least 74 square miles. And 26,000 trees have been cut down there to control the spread of the beetle. In Connecticut the state’s experiment station has also been on the lookout for another invader, the Emerald Ash Borer. Both insects first arrived in the U.S. in wood packing materials from Asia. The regulations that have just been approved in Connecticut put procedures in place that describe how the state wound quarantine an area infested with either beetle and details the restrictions that would be placed on the movement of wood. Louis Magnarelli, the Director of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, said he hopes the Asian Long Horned Beetle is never found here, but he expects it will.
“I think the chances are very great that we’re going to find this beetle at some point. My reasoning behind that is the southern edge of that infestation in Worcester is about 13 miles from the Connecticut border and that’s a very close range.”
Magnarelli said, in addition, a lot of fire wood was cut in the Worcester area before the infestation was discovered and it’s not known where that wood ended up.
For WNPR, I'm Nancy Cohen.