Almost one year ago, a larva of one of these exotic bugs appeared in some Cranston cordwood shipped from Worcester, Massachusetts. Worcester has long since been under quarantine to keep these pests from spreading to other parts of the region, and the Cranston larva almost got away.
Meet the Asian Longhorned Beetle. They bore into trees and eventually kill them. Their favorites are maples, birch and horse chestnut, but they’re not too picky. Worcester had to destroy over 20,000 trees as a result of the infestation.
The beetles don’t travel far on their own, but they do get around when they burrow into the wood of shipping containers bound for the US from Asia or if they catch a ride on cordwood cut and transported from infested forest. Rhode Island is susceptible on both fronts.
Colin M.J. Novick, executive director of the Greater Worcester Land Trust, told the Worcester-Telegram “The faster you realize you have the beetle and recognize the signs, the better.” Worcester’s infestation had been underway for 10 years before the beetle was identified.
Rhode Island foresters are counting on residents to look for signs the pest before the damage can be done.
Hey, Floating Deer Head here. I just wanted to let you know that there’s an opportunity for Cranston to protect 50 acres of farmlands and forest on Natick Avenue. The proposal is up for review at this Monday’s city council meeting at 7pm in City Hall. Details on the click.more
So if you live anywhere near a tree, a garden or a patch of grass, you probably hear what reminds you of a soundtrack to a jungle movie outside your window. They're bugs, and they're great. They really get rolling in the humid August weather and then crescendo towards the end of the month. You possibly also hear your neighbors. They're not in this guide. Re-posted from last year. more
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