Effective immediately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is removing the 58 square mile Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) regulated area in Brooklyn and Queens, New York. 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 on Long Island, New York, 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), 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, Stonelick, and Monroe Townships in Clermont County, Ohio. Program activities continue in Nassau and Suffolk Counties in New York, Worcester County, Massachusetts, and Clermont County, Ohio.
Under IPPC Standards, Anoplophora glabripennis is considered a pest that is present, only in some areas and under eradication in the United States.