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Pool owners asked to watch out for Asian longhorned beetles

Pool owners are being asked to help the state DEC identify invasive Asian longhorned beetles in an effort to protect trees and forests, the agency announced Friday.

The DEC’s 4th annual Asian Longhorned Beetle Swimming Pool Survey was launched at the same time the species are expected to mature into adulthood. The beetles, which infest maple and other trees, emerge at this time of year and “become active” in the outdoors, according to the DEC.

“Pool monitoring offers a simple, economical alternative to traditional procedures for surveying ALBs in the state,” the DEC reported. “It also has the potential to become New York’s most effective method for detecting ALBs.”

“This monitoring program gives residents the ability to take an active role in protecting trees in their yards, communities and forests.”

By identifying the beetle infestations early, state and federal authorities can eliminate them before they cause too much damage, officials said.

The beetle species is responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of trees nationwide, the DEC said.

Citizens are encouraged to participate in the survey by visiting the DEC’s ALB Internet site at http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7255.html. There, detailed directions about proper procedures and required materials to complete the survey can be found.