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USDA Asks People to Check Their Trees for Signs of the Asian Longhorned Beetle During the Month of August

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announces August is Tree Check Month and urges people to check trees for signs of the invasive Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). August is a time of peak emergence for the beetle and is most likely when the adult beetle can be seen infesting trees.

“We are asking people to take 10 minutes to look at their trees for any damage caused by the Asian longhorned beetle and to look for the beetle itself, then let us know if you see something suspicious,” said Josie Ryan, APHIS’ national operations manager for the Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication Program.

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What’s eating my maple trees?

With their bright red or yellow leaves glowing during this time of year, maple trees are one of the most impressive trees in fall. In most Southern states, they are native, whether they are red, Norway, (Norway is a non-native, invasive tree) Freeman or silver. In the northern states, sugar maples provide us with rich maple syrup for pancakes and waffles. But their beauty and usefulness don’t make them immune from serving as lunch to many insect pests, so if you find that the leaves on some of your maple trees are disappearing rather than winding up on the ground, below is a list of some of the most common insect pests of maples.

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