Tree Check Month was created as a reminder for homeowners, landowners and forest managers to check trees for signs and symptoms of the Asian longhorned beetle. The Asian longhorned beetle is a non-native insect that has caused quite a stir in the northeast by threatening trees in landscapes, parks and forests. August is peak emergence for the Asian longhorned beetle and, in the case of this insect, finding an infestation early is the key to eradication. It has successfully been eradicated from several areas after early detections led to rapid response.
One of the things that makes the Asian longhorned beetle such a big threat is that it attacks many species of trees. They have been found infesting maple, ash, birch, elm, horse chestnut, poplar, willow, mountain ash, mimosa, and more.
So what should you look for if checking trees for the Asian longhorned beetle? There are a few things that may tip you off:
The Asian longhorned beetle has not yet been found in NC, but we encourage you to check your trees anyway. This insect can easily travel hundreds of miles in infested materials such as firewood, so their sudden appearance is not out of the question.
School is just beginning, but it’s already time to administer an exam! A tree exam can go a long way to protecting current and future trees of North Carolina. Please report the location and descriptions of potentially infested trees to 1-800-206-9333 or email@example.com.