Washington, March 30, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) together with the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) today announced its 2015 plans to address the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) infestation in Clermont County, Ohio. APHIS and its partners have been conducting eradication efforts of this destructive tree pest in Ohio since its detection in 2011.
The ALB eradication program uses an integrated approach to eradicate the beetle, which consists of quarantines, visual surveys of trees, the removal of infested and high-risk host trees, and the application of pesticides. Currently, 61 square miles are under regulation in Clermont County in Tate Township, Monroe Township, and Stonelick/Batavia Townships. [read more]