Times Bulletin News Writer
VAN WERT — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is asking the public to keep their eyes open for the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). These beetles are most active during the summer and early fall; August in particular is the time of peak emergence for the devastating and invasive pest. This is a critical time for the APHIS to build the public’s awareness of the ALB.
The ALB can be found on trees, branches, walls, outdoor furniture, cars, sidewalks and caught in pool filters. These pests have unique characteristics and are easy to spot. The bug has long antennae banded in black and white that are longer than the insect’s one to one-and-a-half inch body. This body is a shiny, jet black color with random white spots throughout. This insect has six legs which may appear bluish in color.
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