Clermont County battles Asian Beetles

CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Clermont Count is releasing the latest information regarding their fight against the Asian Beetle that is killing trees.

Survey activities are being conducted in the village of Bethel and throughout Tate Township.  So far, 90 trees are confirmed to have an ALB infestation.  379 trees have been surveyed on Thursday.

Residents within the ALB regulated area for Tate Township within Clermont County cannot move firewood and wood debris outside of the regulated area and from East Fork State Park. Officials are also discouraging the movement of firewood and wood debris inside the regulated area.

To see the map of the regulated area, CLICK HERE.

Residents can report suspected Asian Longhorned Beetles by calling 1-855-252-6450 or 1-866-702-9938, or reporting them online at Beetle Busters.

Regardless of the approach taken to battle Asian Beetles, homeowners will not incur costs for the removals of infested trees by the state or federal government. No costs have ever been assessed to homeowners in any previous eradication efforts.

The Asian Longhorned Beetle is in invasive pest from Asia that came to the U.S. concealed in solid wood packing material, pallets, crates, and dunnage used to transport goods overseas. ALB was first detected in the United States in 1996 in Brooklyn, NY. Ohio is the fifth state to detect ALB.

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