BY STEPHANIE GROVES
DHI MEDIA Staff Writer
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), together with the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), recently announced its 2014 plans for the Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation in Bethel, Ohio. The infestation was first discovered in 2012 and currently, there are 61 square miles under regulation in Clermont County.
Affected trees in the county will continue to be removed throughout the year as the infestations are detected. To date, 10,741 infested trees and 24,104 high-risk host trees have been removed from the county’s regulated areas. Ohio State University Extension Educator Dr. Curtis Young said the Asian Longhorn beetle is a borer and is as even greater concern then the Emerald Ash Borer.