Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00
TOB Homeowners On Alert For Asian Beetle
While the Asian Longhorned Beetle is most active between June and September, it can be present as early as May and as late as October. With that in mind, residents in the Asian Longhorned Beetle quarantine area to be on the alert for infestations of the beetle. The quarantine area in the town covers most of the Massapequa/North Massapequa area, inclusive of several blocks north of Southern State Parkway, several blocks west of Broadway/North Broadway, east to the town line and south to Great South Bay.
“So far, the town’s efforts to keep the Asian Longhorned Beetle from spreading beyond the quarantine area have been successful, due, in part, to the vigilance of our residents,” Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joe Muscarella said. “We must remain on the alert, though, if we are to preserve the remaining trees in the quarantine area and prevent the beetle from advancing into new areas.”
Asian Longhorned Beetles were first discovered in areas of Massapequa and Amityville in 1996. Quarantine was imposed to regulate the movement of wood from the areas to stem the spread of the beetle.
The Councilman indicated that the beetle’s trees of choice are hardwoods and urged residents to keep an eye out for the verdure varmint. “The beetle is very distinctively marked,” he said. “It has a 1 to 1 1/4-inch long body with two horn-shaped antennae (feelers) that are longer than the body. The body is shiny black with white spots and the antennae are banded black and white. The plate-shaped feet are black with a whitish-blue upper surface. It has wings and can fly for short distances.
“The Asian Longhorned Beetle’s calling card is also easily recognizable. It leaves large round holes in branches, trunks or roots where it exits the tree. There may be large piles of sawdust around the base of a tree or excessive sap oozing from the tree caused by a beetle exiting from inside. There may also be oval, darkened places in the bark where females chew out a spot to lay their eggs.”
To report a beetle sighting, contact the Cooperative Asian Longhorned Beetle Program at 1-866-265-0301.