The Asian longhorned beetle is an invasive pest from Asia that came to the United States concealed in solid wood packing material, pallets, and crates used to transport goods from overseas. ALB was first detected in the United States in 1996; Ohio is the fifth state to detect the destructive ALB.
In June 2011, the Asian longhorned beetle was discovered in Tate Township in Clermont County. This invasive beetle has no known natural predators and poses a threat to Ohio’s hardwood forests (more than $2.5 billion in standing maple timber) and the state’s $5 billion nursery industry, which employs nearly 240,000 people.
To keep this tree-killing pest from spreading across Ohio, restricted areas are now in effect for Tate Township and parts of Batavia, Monroe and Stonelick Townships in Clermont County, as well as for East Fork State Park.
It is illegal to remove the following items from either area:
(A) Firewood, stumps, roots, branches, debris and other material living, dead, cut, or fallen from all hardwood species; and green lumber, nursery stock and logs of the following genera: Acer (maple), Aesculus (horse chestnut), Albizia (mimosa), Betula (birch), Celtis (hackberry), Cercidiphyllum (katsura), Fraxinus (ash), Koelteria (golden raintree), Platanus (sycamore), Populus (poplar), Salix (willow), Sorbus (mountain ash), and Ulmus (elm).
(B) Any other article, product, or means of conveyance not covered by paragraph (a) of this section if the director determines that it presents a risk of spreading Asian longhorned beetle. 901:5-57-04 Conditions of movement.
Ohio is the fifth state to find Asian longhorned beetles. The pest was successfully eradicated in Illinois and parts of New Jersey, and it is currently being controlled in New York and Massachusetts.