Fri September 7, 2012
Earth Calendar for September 7th and September 8th
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service asks the public to be on the lookout for the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB)! Since the spread of ALB to Stonelick Township from the Bethel area, citizens are encouraged to become familiar with the signs ALB could be present in trees on their property. Adult beetles are most active during the summer and early fall, making September one of the peak times for emergence of this invasive pest. They can be seen on trees, branches, walls, outdoor furniture, cars, sidewalks, or even caught in pool filters. The ALB has unique characteristics, making it easy to identify. The Asian Longhorned Beetle is 1 to 1 1/2 inches in length, has long antennae with black and white bands, has a shiny jet black body with random white spots, and six legs that may appear blue in color. In addition to identifying the ALB, it is important to recognize signs the insect might be present on your property. Infested trees may have dime-sized, perfectly round exit holes in the trunk or branches, and oval depressions on the bark where the eggs are laid. The best way to prevent further infestation is to report signs of ALB immediately. If you find a beetle, if you think you see signs of ALB in the trees on your property, please call the local ALB Cooperative Program at (513) 831-7180, or the USDA at 1-866-702-9938. Visit the Beetle Busters website for more information about ALB.
On Our Calendar: Meet some local birds of prey. Learn how they survive and what makes them unique. September 9th, 1:00 pm at Fernbank Park. Information at www.greatparks.org