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Ag. officials looking for beetle

Asian Longhorned Beetle (Source: Ohio Department of Agriculture) Asian Longhorned Beetle (Source: Ohio Department of Agriculture)

Posted by Trina Edwards - email

REYNOLDSBURG, OH (FOX19) - The Ohio Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Ohio State University are set to begin a sight-survey during the winter months in southwest Ohio in an effort to detect the Asian Longhorned Beetle.

Inspectors will examine trees from December until February in northern Hamilton, southeastern Butler and southwestern Warren counties. The survey will cover a 16-mile radius near Mason, Ohio, where the beetle was found in the Downlite warehouse in June.

The Asian Longhorned Beetle attacks several species of trees, including maple, willow, horsechestnut, buckeye and American elm. They are between 3/4 and 1 1/4 inch in length and have a shiny, black body covered with white spots.

If a suspected specimen is found, citizens should contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture Plant Pest Division at 614-728-6400, or notify your local Ohio State Extension Office.

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