Editorial: Beetle poses danger to assortment of trees

For several years, Johnson County residents have been concerned with the emerald ash borer, a foreign invader that has been marching across Indiana. Now there’s another overseas pest threatening Indiana’s woods, and this one isn’t limited to a single species of tree.

The Asian longhorned beetle has been responsible for the loss of more than 130,00 trees in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio and Illinois since being discovered in the United States in 1996, according to the federal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The beetle is believed to have arrived in the U.S. inside wood-packing material from Asia.

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