Regulations set to contain tree-killing beetle in Clermont Co.

CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Ohio is one of three states in which the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) has been detected. The ALB is an invasive insect from Asia. Once the beetle infests a tree, there is no cure.

The ALB has been discovered in Clermont County. Work to contain and remove the pest is underway.

Tree removals are ongoing in the area. Property owners are asked to communicate any concerns with contractors in advance of tree removal work being conducted by calling 513‐226‐9138.

A quarantine has also been established in Clermont County to contain the bug. Residents within the regulated areas cannot move firewood or wood debris outside of the area.

The bullet-shaped, white-spotted black beetle was first identified in Ohio in 2011, according to the Associated Press. As of last September, nearly 19,000 infested or high-risk trees in southwest Ohio had been removed.

This invasive beetle has no known natural predators and poses a threat to Ohio's hardwood forests (more than $2.5 billion in standing maple timber) and the state's $5 billion nursery industry which employs nearly 240,000 people.

Aside from Ohio, Massachusetts and New York have regulations set for the ALB. Ohio is the fifth state to detect the destructive capabilities of the beetles.

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