Official Pest Report

Official Pest Reports are provided by National Plant Protection Organizations within the NAPPO region. These Pest Reports are intended to comply with the International Plant Protection Convention's Standard on Pest Reporting, endorsed by the Interim Commission on Phytosanitary Measures in March 2002.

Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) eradicated from New Jersey

Country: United States

Title: Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) eradicated from New Jersey

Robyn Rose, National Program Manager, at (301) 851-2283

Report: Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is declaring eradication of the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) in Middlesex and Union Counties, New Jersey, thereby releasing them from quarantine. Since 2004, APHIS has worked with its State partners to complete extensive survey, control, and regulatory activities in these areas to eradicate ALB from New Jersey.

APHIS determined that these counties can be removed from quarantine after program efforts resulted in three years of negative surveys of host plants within the regulated areas. The Federal Order immediately rescinds the regulated area in Middlesex and Union Counties, New Jersey, for ALB. As a result of this action, there are no remaining ALB regulated areas in New Jersey.

ALB is a destructive wood-boring pest of maple and other hardwoods. ALB was first discovered in the United States in Brooklyn, New York, in August 1996. Since then, the beetle has been found in Chicago, Illinois; Hudson, Middlesex, and Union Counties in New Jersey; Worcester and Suffolk Counties in Massachusetts; and most recently in Clermont County, Ohio. In 2008, ALB was declared eradicated in Chicago, Illinois, and Hudson County, New Jersey.

Under IPPC Standards, Anoplophora glabripennis is considered a pest that is absent: eradicated from New Jersey in the United States.

Posted Date: March 14, 2013, 9 a.m.