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Strong Demand for New Tool for Detecting Asian Longhorn Beetle

Photo of Researchers checking an Asian longhorned beetle trap in Worcester, MA.  Melody Keena, Forest ServiceResearchers checking an Asian longhorned beetle trap in Worcester, MA. Melody Keena, Forest ServiceSnapshot : Beetle traps are now being used in 14 States and three countries

Principal Investigators(s) :
Keena, Melody 
Research Location : Worchester, MA, The National Arboretum, Italy, Switzerland, the UK
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2012
Highlight ID : 33


After 3 years of testing at the Worcester, MA, Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) infestation site, the best trap and lure combination tool to date is now being used in 14 States and three other countries to either help delimit known infestations or spot new ones near high-risk areas. In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Heath Inspection Service ALB eradication program is evaluating how best to incorporate this new tool into their efforts.

Researchers at the Northern Research Station continue to refine the lures, but the current lure has proven useful enough to enable other groups to try it out this year. Successful trapping of ALB where infested trees were still suspected to exist and in areas that had not yet been surveyed in the Worcester quarantine zone is helping the program pinpoint lingering populations and determine where to intensify surveys to find additional pockets of beetles.

Nine arboreta in the Sentinel Plant Network (including the National Arboretum); groups in Italy, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom; and State or Federal agencies in 13 States are currently placing traps. In addition to the collaborators' time and resource inputs, funding for this work has come from the Forest Service Forest Health Protection program, the Horticultural Research Institute, and the Alpha Wood Foundation. In 2012, a workshop and Webinar trained people how to use the traps.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • State & Private Forestry/Northeastern Area, Forest Health Protection
  • APHIS Massachusetts Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication Program
  • Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • USDA Agricultural Research Service
  • USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service Center for Plant Health Science Technology

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