Effective immediately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is removing the one-half square mile from the Asian Longhorned beetle (ALB) regulated area in the Township of Monroe, Clermont County, Ohio. APHIS determined that this area can be removed from quarantine after the program completed final surveys of host trees within the regulated area. The regulated area that includes all of East Fork State Park, Tate Township, and a portion of Williamsburg Township remains in effect.
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. ALB was later detected in Chicago, Illinois (1998), New Jersey (2002, 2004), Massachusetts (2008, 2010), and Ohio (2011). After the completion of control and regulatory activities, and following confirmation surveys, ALB was declared eradicated from Illinois (2008); Hudson County, New Jersey (2008); Islip, New York (2011); Union and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey (2013); Manhattan and Staten Island, New York (2013); and Suffolk and Norfolk Counties, Massachusetts (2014). In 2018, eradication of ALB was declared from Batavia and Stonelick Townships in Clermont County, Ohio. Program activities continue in the boroughs of Queens, and Brooklyn, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties in New York, and Worcester County, Massachusetts.
Under IPPC Standards, Anoplophora glabripennis is considered a pest that is present, only in some areas and under eradication in the United States.