The Asian longhorn beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) is an invasive pest from Asia that came to the US concealed in solid wood packing material (pallets, crates and dunnage), used to transport goods from overseas. It was first detected in the US in 1996 in Brooklyn, NY. Ohio is the fifth state to detect the destructive pest species, which infests healthy and stressed deciduous hardwood tree species, such as maple, birch, horse chestnut, poplar, willow, elm, and ash.
Since November 2011 cooperative eradication program is ongoing with removals of infested trees. Ground and aerial survey crews continue to conduct delimiting surveys, inspecting all host trees throughout the regulated areas.