An invasive insect that once put fear into the hearts of New Jersey arborists because it had the potential to leave entire communities all but treeless, has been eradicated from the state. Its appetite is dangerously diverse: maples, sycamores, poplars, birches, willows, horse chestnuts - a regular hardwood smorgasbord. Science-based coverage sent each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday night to your inbox. It bores into the wood and chomps away at the tissues that that carry water and nutrients throughout the tree, eventually killing it. First discovered in in Jersey City, the insect, which is believed to have arrived in this country from Asia on wooden packing crates, spread to Carteret, Woodbridge, Linden, and Rahway.
Asian Longhorned Beetle
Tree-killing Asian longhorned beetle axed from NJ
They were particularly adept at hidden warfare. The fight, which endured for more than a decade, was complicated by the difficulty of detection, with the invader measuring an inch and a half, tops. But this month, New Jersey declared victory in its war against the Asian long-horned beetle, an invasive, hardwood-eating insect that arrived on the shores of New York City in , most likely on wood pallets. More than 20, trees were removed in New Jersey during the struggle, but — knock on wood — the beetles are now vanquished from the Garden State. Kurtz, a state entomologist who led the eradication effort.
New Jersey Wins Fight Against a Tiny Invader
Contact: Elaine Makatura Campbell today announced ongoing tree replacements in areas of Carteret, Rahway, Linden and Woodbridge affected by infestations of the Asian Longhorned Beetle. The DEP's Forest Service is managing the forest restoration, which began this month with the planting of trees in Carteret, trees in Rahway, trees in Linden and trees in Woodbridge.
Once ashore, the creatures fan out, looking for food. The beast has no natural predators here, and is immune to all known poisons. The target of its hunger are hardwood trees, and it attacks them without mercy, killing them from the inside out.