Quarantine Area in Worcester County, Massachusetts Expanded for the Asian Longhorned Beetle

June 22, 2011,  USDA – Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is expanding the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) quarantine area to include an additional four square-miles of Worcester County, Massachusetts.  This action is in response to the discovery of additional trees found to be infested with ALB in the southern section of the city of Worcester, Massachusetts, which is adjacent to the town of Auburn.  The expanded ALB quarantine area in Central Massachusetts now totals 98 square miles. This action is necessary to prevent the human-assisted spread of ALB.

worchester_county_massALB is a destructive wood-boring pest of maple and other hardwoods.  ALB 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.  In August 2008, ALB was discovered in Worcester County, Massachusetts, and in July 2010, ALB was found in Suffolk County, Massachusetts.  In 2008, after the completion of control and regulatory activities, and following four years of negative surveys, ALB was declared eradicated in Chicago, Illinois, and Hudson County, New Jersey.  Most recently, in June 2011, ALB was detected in Clermont County, Ohio.

The quarantines are designated in the Federal regulations located at 7 CFR 301.51-3 and in the Federal Orders, which are located at the following APHIS website:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/plant_pest_info/asian_lhb/spro.shtml