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NYS seeking pool owners to participate in insect survey

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is looking for infestations of Asian longhorned beetles in swimming pools across the state.
Credit: NYSDEC

NEW YORK — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking swimming pool owners to participate in their annual Asian Longhorned Beetle Swimming Pool Survey. The survey looks for infestations of the invasive bug. 

Asian longhorned beetles cause serious damage to the state's trees. During the late summer the beetles emerge from their host tree as adults. 

DEC is asking pool owners to check their filters for bugs that resemble Asian longhorned beetles. 

Reports can be made by sending a photo to foresthealth@dec.ny.gov or mailing insects to DEC's Forest Health Diagnostics Lab at 108 Game Farm Road, Delmar, NY 12054, Attn: Liam Somers.

Signs of Asian longhorned beetles are:

  • 1.5 inch long, black bugs with white spots and black and white antennae
  • Perfectly round exit holes about the size of a dime in branches and trunks of host trees
  • Sawdust-like material called frass that collects on branches and around the base of a tree 

The bugs attack hardwood trees including maples, birches and willows.

Visit the DEC's website for more information on the survey.