August is Tree Check Month

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Make the most out of that stroll in the park, fun in the backyard, or hike in the woods. Keep an eye out for a devastating tree-killing pest.

Mark your calendars for this August and help watch over our nation’s hardwoods. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is urging people to take ten minutes to get outside and take a closer look at their trees.

August is a peak time of emergence for the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), and early detection is critical.

1. Look up. Stand back and look at the top of the tree. Do you see any dead or dying branches?

2. Look it over. Now focus on the tree trunk. See the beetle? See any dime-sized exit holes, or shallow scars in the bark?

3. Look down. Do you see any sawdust-like shavings at the tree’s base or on the branches? That’s a sign the ALB has been busy eating.

If the ALB is allowed to spread, 70 percent of your community’s tree canopy could be lost.