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Checking trees for the Asian Longhorn Beetle
CINCINNATI (Josh Knight) -- If you're looking for a different kind of scavenger hunt for the kids, the US Department of Agriculture has an idea.
August is national tree check month And they want your help. The USDA is asking people to check for the Asian Longhorned Beetle. It is a serious issue that's destroyed thousands of trees but could still be a great activity for children.
The beetle is black with distinct white spots and leaves behind about dime sized burrowing holes in trees. The past few years, the beetle has run rampant in Clermont County and officials want to make sure it's contained.
USDA deputy under the secretary, Gary Woodward, said, "Almost every infestation of this beetle has been found by ordinary citizens and certainly children on nature walks, nature hikes. They can learn more about their natural environment and then also help us eradicate this pest by keeping a watchful eye out."
Eradicating the beetle often involves removing trees, but it's an important step in containing it.
If you find the beetle or any evidence of it, CLICK HERE to report it to the USDA.
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