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.The Current is a nonprofit supported by its readers; please consider a tax-deductible contribution.