Asian Longhorned Beetle in South Carolina

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. June 30 2020

Researchers confirmed the first finding of Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) in South Carolina. A homeowner in Charleston County found a suspicious looking insect that was later identified by specialists at Clemson University’s Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic and USDA APHIS. At least four maple trees had live beetles present.

Only five other states have reported ALB infestations since its first discovery in the US in 1996. Eradication efforts are ongoing in New York, Massachusetts, and Ohio, while New Jersey and Illinois are believed to have successfully eradicated ALB. Insp...

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