DEC asks residents to report
Each August, the invasive Asian longhorned beetle emerges from trees. The state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking residents with swimming pools to check their filters for the insect and email photos or mail the insect to the agency for identification.
The wood-boring beetle attacks hardwoods, including maples, birches and willows, and has killed hundreds of thousands of trees in New York City, on Long Island and in neighboring states. See dec.ny.gov/animals/7255.html.Did you find this article useful or informative? Please consider a donation to support our work. Even $5 a month, charged automatically to your credit card, would be terrific. We are able to provide this website and our weekly print paper free to the community -- and pay our writers, photographers and editors for their hard work -- because of the generosity of readers like you.