Asian longhorned beetles causing trouble in Ohio

KC Clark - Zone 2012-6a OHJanuary 30, 2012

State wants to cut down a lot of trees (fortunately not in my area, yet). Just another reason to make sure you have a variety of hostplants. Losing my maples would put a SEVERE crimp in my moth raising activities. Darn beetles eat birch, ash, and willow too. My sweetgums, hickories, and walnuts have to start growing faster.

Re-read that paragraph. Very selfish to leave out the fact that the beetles would put a crimp in Mother Nature's moth raising activities too. With all these foreign invaders taking out trees, the other insects will be forced to concentrate on what is left, which won't leave those trees very healthy.


Here is a link that might be useful: Battle against invasive beetles leads to war over trees

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KC Clark - Zone 2012-6a OH

This article has pictures of the grub and exit holes.

Here is a link that might be useful: Tree-killing bug not picky

    Bookmark   January 30, 2012 at 9:41PM
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butterflymomok(7a NE OK)

Cutting down the trees and turning them into mulch won't eradicate the beetles, unless they are piling the mulch and super-heating it to create compost. If the mulch is used in other locations, this could spread the infestation. I liked the idea of our local free mulch until I considered the possibilities that I was bringing in diseases/pests to my yard.

I can understand your distress. I'm hoping the beetles don't make it to your place. Will birds feed on them? Is there any local predators? Sure don't want to bring in any foreign predators!


    Bookmark   January 31, 2012 at 10:40AM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

I agree with Sandy and the commenter on the article that said cutting down trees has never worked in getting rid of foreign invaders. This is terrible to hear!
There must be some other way to get rid of them.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2012 at 1:25PM
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KC Clark - Zone 2012-6a OH

The battle in Ohio continues. Fortunately, the infestation seems to have not spread. Updates happen quite often. Links to them can be found on a Facebook page that was setup about the problem. Search Facebook for "Ohio Asian Longhorned Beetle Information"

    Bookmark   November 14, 2014 at 2:23PM
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Is it fortune, or are there specific reasons being given for the non-spread?

    Bookmark   November 14, 2014 at 11:22PM
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