New York pool owners sought for beetle survey

Posted 8/4/21

ALBANY, NY — From now until the end of the swimming season, the Department of Environmental Conservation is asking New York swimming pool owners to periodically check their filters for insects …

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New York pool owners sought for beetle survey

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ALBANY, NY — From now until the end of the swimming season, the Department of Environmental Conservation is asking New York swimming pool owners to periodically check their filters for insects that resemble Asian longhorned beetles (ALB).

It’s an annual survey, and the goal is to locate infestations before they cause serious damage to the state’s forests and street trees.

The invasive ALB:

Is about 1.5 inches long, is black with white spots, and has black and white antennae

Leaves perfectly round exit holes about the size of a dime in branches and trunks of host trees; and

Creates sawdust-like material called frass that collects on branches and around the base of trees.

People without swimming pools can help the effort by reporting signs of ALB in their communities.

Report suspects either by emailing photos to foresthealth@dec.ny.gov or mailing insects to DEC’s Forest Health Diagnostics Lab at 108 Game Farm Road, Delmar, NY 12054, Attn: Liam Somers.

For more information on the ALB Swimming Pool Survey and ALB, including biology and identification tools, visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/110851.html.

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