Asian Longhorn Beetle battle in Clermont County

BETHEL, OH (FOX19) - A public meeting was held at the Grant Career Center in Bethel Monday night as state and federal officials answered questions concerning an infestation of Asian Longhorn Beetles.

The government wants to not only cut down the 5,000 infested trees in Tate and Monroe Townships but perhaps 56,000 others that are perfectly healthy but could pose as host trees for the insects.

The Asian Longhorn Beetle loves to reproduce and grow in hardwood trees such as maple, birch and elm and was found in June by the owner of Harmony Hills Vineyard. "I had the USDA and the ODA and the Department of Forestry and the Department of Natural Resources and everybody there on my farm to try and see what this thing was all about," said Bill Skvarla.

The government said it would begin eradication of the infected trees on November 14th then wait about 30 days for the results of an environmental impact study, to determine if the eradication should be more extensive.

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