Development of an operationally effective trap has been a goal of the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) eradication program since the first individual ALB was found in New York in 1996. A trap that can demonstrate the presence of ALBs in an area is critical to detecting and eliminating infestations. A trap that is capable of detecting ALBs at low densities in quarantine zones can also provide positive confirmation of successful eradication. Part of an interagency and university effort, the Northern Research Station helped develop traps for ALBs.
In 2009, researchers hung traps in trees in Worcester, Massachusetts, in areas where infested trees were still suspected to exist. These traps caught female ALBs when baited with male-produced pheromones alone or in combination with plant volatiles. In 2010, researchers deployed the traps in both the Worcester and Brooklyn/Queens, New York infestations to assist in pinpointing lingering ALB populations. In the future, researchers deploying traps in other high-risk areas could detect new infestations.
Research partners include Pennsylvania State University, USDA Agricultural Research Service, USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication Program, Massachusetts State Department of Environmental Protection, and Beijing Forestry University.