Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is removing 28 square miles from the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) regulated area in the eastern part of Queens, New York. APHIS determined that this area of Queens can be removed from quarantine after program efforts resulted in two cycles of negative surveys of host trees within the regulated area. The two surveys occurred greater than four years apart, which would have provided sufficient time for any lingering infestation to become readily apparent. A Federal Order describes the regulated area and includes the associated reference to Section 7 CFR Part 301.51 et seq. that lists the provisions for the movement of ALB-regulated articles.
ALB is a destructive wood-boring pest of maple and other hardwoods that is believed to have been introduced into the United States from wood pallets and other wood packing material accompanying cargo shipments from Asia. ALB was first discovered on several hardwood trees in the United States in Brooklyn, New York, in 1996. ALB was later detected in Chicago, Illinois, in 1998, and the Secretary of Agriculture declared an emergency to combat the infestation with regulatory and control actions. ALB was also found in New Jersey in 2002, in Massachusetts in 2008, and in Ohio in 2011.
In 2008, after the completion of control and regulatory activities, and following confirmation surveys, ALB was declared eradicated in Chicago, Illinois, and Hudson County, New Jersey. In 2011, ALB was declared eradicated from Islip, New York, followed by Union and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey, and Manhattan and Staten Island, New York, in 2013. ALB was declared eradicated from Boston, Massachusetts, in 2014.
Under IPPC Standards, Anoplophora glabripennis is considered a pest that is present, only in some areas and under eradication in the United States.