Asian long-horned beetles

Monday, August 01, 2016 5:41PM
Own a pool?Help limit the spread of beetles

UNH Cooperative Extension is asking New Hampshire residents with pools to check their filters regularly for Asian longhorned beetles. This invasive insect is a serious threat to forests and trees.

Although ALBs haven’t been reported in New Hampshire yet, pool filters are a prime spot they’ll appear once they’re in the state. And if they do arrive, says Karen Bennett, Extension Forestry Specialist with UNH Cooperative Extension,

“Asian longhorned beetles are emerging from trees and those residents with giant insect collectors, also known as ‘pools,’ could help us greatly by paying attention to the debris collected in the filters,” says Kyle Lombard, forest health specialist at the N.H. Division of Forests and Lands.

“If any insect looks similar to a longhorned beetle, they should upload a picture of it.”

Once you’ve taken a picture, go to http://extension.unh.edu/fwt/nhbugs/form.cfm to upload photos or for more information.