The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is urging residents to be on the
lookout for another pest capable of destroying the stateís hardwood forests.
The Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) is an invasive pest from China that can
kill up to half of the stateís native hardwood trees. It was found last
summer southeast of Cincinnati in Bethel, Ohio, 35 miles from the Indiana
state line. This beetle likely entered the country in wood pallets. People
can unknowingly transport this and other forest pests in their vehicles by
Since last November, when tree removals aimed at eradicating ALB began at
the Ohio site, nearly 8,500 host trees have been destroyed.
August is significant because itís show time for adult ALBs. The DNR says to
watch for a bug with an inch-long shiny black body with white spots, long
black and white-striped antennae, and bluish feet. Maple, willow, elm, horse
chestnut and birch trees are its favorite foods.
Signs of ALB include large perfectly round (half-inch diameter) exit holes
and dark-colored wet spots on the bark of large tree branches and trunks.
Wood shavings may also be seen in branch crotches or around the base of
Gov. Mitch Daniels has proclaimed August as the inaugural Forest Pest
Awareness Month, aimed at educating residents to identify and report
suspected forest-killers in their communities.
Emerald ash borer, which already has claimed thousands of ash trees in Fort
Wayne, Huntington, northeast Indianapolis and elsewhere, is one example of a
For more on ALB,
see BeetleBusters.info. To report a suspected infestation, call DNR at