The USDA Animal and Plants Inspection Service puts out these warnings and bulletins every so often to make people aware of plants and animals that we need to be aware of, sometimes deal with ourselves, sometimes let professionals deal with, and when/if they want to know if they have shown up near you.
This “charming” creature (that looks suspiciously like something Rita Skeeter might conjure) is the subject of the current bulletin. It usually emerges as an adult around this time of year so you may see it. More likely, you’ll see and/or experience the damage it causes when the trees lose limbs or just fall over during storms.
Unfortunately, it does not seem to have any natural enemies here in this country so we will have to be watchful for its presence and take steps to control it.
Note the white striping on antennae and glossy body. The antennae are also longer than the body on the invasive species. The white spotting on the body is variable. You may see the holes on the trees that they emerge from that will be approximately the size of a dime. They lay eggs in indentations on the tree about the same size. Sawdust may be present directly under these holes on the tree or on the ground.
If you think you found a beetle or tree damage, report it by calling the ALB hotline at 1-866-702-9938 or submitting an online report at www.AsianLonghornedBeetle.com. Try to photograph the ALB or tree damage. If you can, capture the beetle in a durable container and freeze it, which helps preserve the insect for identification. Then report it.
Do not move UNTREATED firewood if you know or suspect these beetles may be in your area. You may be spreading them to other places. Follow USDA guidelines for handling the wood. www.AsianLonghornedBeetle.com
District 29 is primarily rural and we love to live in a rural community. But we have to work together to maintain that character. Being aware of things like this and acting responsibly keeps our way of life intact for ourselves, our neighbors, and all of our children.
Help me get to the Senate so that I can work to help maintain Georgia and its environment as beautiful and wonderful as it is for the future. We need government that cares enough about its citizens to work on keeping the environment a safe and clean place to live. Republicans just seem to want to exploit the earth’s resources for money. It’s ridiculous, not to mention just flat out poor stewardship. We have just one Earth. All of the world’s faiths teach that we are to care for the Earth carefully and responsibly. Not a single one teaches exploitation.
I want responsible, healthy growth for District 29 that ensures everyone including those not yet born will have jobs, housing, and a fantastic place to live. I know that can be done because it has been done. We can do it, too. Vote for me and let me help bring that kind of future here. We deserve it.