Official Pest Reports
Official Pest Reports are provided by National Plant Protection
Organizations within the NAPPO region. These Pest Reports are intended
to comply with the International Plant Protection Convention's Standard on Pest Reporting, endorsed
by the Interim Commission on Phytosanitary Measures in March 2002.
Expansion of the Quarantine Area in Worcester County, Massachusetts for Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) - United States
|Date posted: 01/09/2009|
Christine Markham, APHIS’ National ALB Program Director at (919)
855-7328 or Julie Twardowski, APHIS’ National ALB Program Coordinator
at (301) 734-5332|
|File: ALB map 1-9-09.pdf|
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is expanding the
Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) quarantine area to include additional
portions of Worcester County, Massachusetts. The expanded ALB
quarantine area in Worcester includes an additional two square miles,
now totaling 64 square miles. The expanded quarantine area is necessary
to restrict the movement of ALB host material. This action is effective
On August 5, 2008, APHIS confirmed the first state identification of
ALB in Worcester County, Massachusetts. On September 4, 2008, a Federal
Order was issued, which established a quarantine area of 33 square
miles of Worcester County, Massachusetts, for ALB. On November 10,
2008, a second Federal Order was issued, adding an additional 29 square
miles to the quarantine area. Over 5,000 infested trees have been
detected and APHIS is working cooperatively with the state and affected
municipalities to eradicate the pest through the removal and treatment
of infested trees. APHIS, along with the state, is providing ALB
outreach material to inform the public of this destructive pest. APHIS
will continue to work with the state and municipalities to survey for
ALB and expand the quarantine area as necessary to restrict the
movement and spread of the pest.
ALB is a destructive wood-boring pest of maple and other hardwoods.
This pest was first discovered in the United States in Brooklyn, New
York, in August 1996. ALB was later detected in Chicago, Illinois, in
July 1998. In October 2002, the beetle was found in Hudson County, New
Jersey, and then in Middlesex and Union Counties, New Jersey, in August
2004. After four years of negative surveys, ALB was recently declared
eradicated in Chicago, Illinois, and Hudson County, New Jersey.
Under IPPC Standards, Anoplophora glabripennis is considered a pest that is present, only in some areas and under eradication in the United States.
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