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Asian longhorned beetles are taking their toll on trees in New Jersey. Since 2004, more than 17,000 trees have been removed due to investation.


New Jersey's battle against the Asian longhorned beetle continues with the removal of approximately 50 mature infested trees and nearby high-risk host trees in Linden between the New Jersey Turnpike and the Arthur Kill in June.

Meanwhile, the quarantine zone is being expanded into a part of Clark after an infested tree was found in northwestern Linden two months ago, according to the state Department of Agriculture.

Personnel began looking at the industrial area after individual trees in parts of Linden were infested without large numbers of trees surrounding them showing signs of the beetle. Computer modeling suggested the beetles may have been coming from the industrial area, which at the time was outside the existing quarantine zone. A subsequent survey of that area found additional infestation.

As of mid-May, 579 infested trees have been detected in Middlesex and Union counties and 529 trees have been removed. In addition, 16,614 high-risk host trees have been removed from the area since November 2004.

Source: Home News Tribune


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