Meet the Beetles! Again!

But first … a photo by Chef Joey …

His yard WELCOMES SPRING!

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And Donna Vayo, owner of Greenwood Street’s FEAR NO ART shop, says: SWEEP AWAY WINTER!

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ICT editor Rosalie wearing her winter gear a few weeks ago. SHE IS STILL WEARING HER WINTER GEAR. Hurry, hurry, dappled, dewy spring!

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From the Worcester Tree Initiative:

The USDA discovered another Asian Longhorned Beetle “hot spot” in the wooded areas surrounding Green Hill Park.

This  wooded lot has many host trees growing in it which makes it especially difficult to manage.

The Worcester City Manager and Commissioner of DPW consulted with the USDA ALB Eradication Team and approved a full host removal on this city land. The USDA has successfully eradicated ALB in other cities, so they are  considered the experts.

Worcester Tree Initiative, in line with our mission of being advocates of healthy urban forests, supports the administration’s decision for the full host removal in this particular area.

We take this stance because full host removals are the only guaranteed way to eradiate the ALB from an area. While complete recovery will take a long time, these lots will start to reforest themselves right away.

Some Worcester residents and Representatives, weary from bad news, have  questioned this full host removal decision.  People  wonder why we cannot chemically treat these host trees with imidacloprid to try to save them.

Treating chemically, while not a guaranteed option, may be a good option for treasured trees close to a hot spot.  Chicago, New York, and Boston are three cities where appropriate use of imidacloprid has been successful. It is important to keep in mind that in Chicago, the Beetle infested 4,800 trees. In Boston, it infested three trees.   In Worcester, it has affected well over 30,000 trees.

There are a number of environmental concerns around the use of imidicloprid, especially in broad applications.  Some research suggests a potential connection between the chemical and the demise of honey bees in what is being called Colony Collapse Disorder.

Research regarding the Asian Longhorned Beetle and  effective treatments for the insect has been conducted since the pest infestation in Chicago..   This research  includes case studies where ALB has been eradicated.  Studies are being conducted regarding the Asian Longhorned Beetle and its native ecosystem in hopes of creating an environmentally sound way to combat these pests.

Research has been done studying the effectiveness of treating trees with imidacloprid to prevent infestation by the Asian Longhorned Beetle.  And finally, there have been studies regarding the environmental impacts of using imidicloprid on a large scale.

As residents of the city with the largest ALB infestation in the country it is important to educate ourselves and understand the best policies in managing the infestation.