Official Pest Reports

Official Pest Reports are provided by National Plant Protection Organizations within the NAPPO region. These Pest Reports are intended to comply with the International Plant Protection Convention's Standard on Pest Reporting, endorsed by the Interim Commission on Phytosanitary Measures in March 2002.

USA Flag Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) eradicated from Manhattan and Staten Island, New York
Date posted: 05/14/2013
Contact:

Robyn Rose, National Policy Manager, at (301) 851-2283

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is declaring eradication of the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) in Manhattan and Staten Island, New York, thereby releasing them from quarantine. Since 1999 in Manhattan and 2006 in Staten Island, APHIS has worked with its State partners to complete extensive survey, control, and regulatory activities in these areas to eradicate ALB from these areas.

APHIS determined that the boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island can be removed from quarantine after program efforts resulted in three cycles of negative surveys of host trees within the regulated areas. The Federal Order immediately rescinds the regulated area in Manhattan and Staten Island, New York for ALB.

ALB is a destructive wood-boring pest of maple and other hardwood trees. ALB was first discovered in the United States in Brooklyn, New York, in August 1996. Since then, the beetle has been found in Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, Islip and Amityville in New York; Chicago, Illinois; Hudson, Middlesex, and Union Counties in New Jersey; Worcester and Suffolk Counties in Massachusetts; and most recently in Clermont County, Ohio. APHIS declared ALB eradication in Chicago, Illinois, and Hudson County, New Jersey in 2008; Islip, New York in 2011; and most recently in Union and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey on March 14, 2013.

Under IPPC Standards, Anoplophora glabripennis is considered a pest that is absent: eradicated from Manhattan and Staten Island, New York in the United States.