I just read that Asian longhorned beetles have been discovered in Boston, across the street from the Arnold Arboretum, the country’s oldest public arboretum. Teams of tree climbers and spotters, sent in by federal officials, have begun laboriously examining every tree vulnerable to the beetle within 1.5 miles. Apparently, if you move quickly you can stop the infestation from spreading by destroying the wood as the beetle only moves in less than 1 mile increments.
Trees favored by the Asian Longhorned Beetle are predominantly maples, but infestations have also been discovered in horsechestnuts, poplars, willows, elms, mulberries and black locusts. Currently, there is no known chemical or biological defense against the Asian Longhorned Beetle and, in North America, they have no known natural predators.
I realize that isolated Asian Longhorned Beetle infestations have been discovered in Brooklyn and in Chicago, but where else will it pop up next?