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DEC seeking pool owners for beetle study

Staff Writer
Monroe County Post

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation encourages swimming pool owners to participate in its annual Asian long-horned beetle survey throughout August.

Pool owners should check their filters periodically for insects resembling ALBs, and report suspects by emailing photos to foresthealth@dec.ny.gov or mailing insects to DEC’s Forest Health Diagnostics Lab, 108 Game Farm Road, Delmar, New York, 12054, Attn: Jessica Cancelliere.

Those without pools can report signs of ALBs in their communities. The beetles measure about 1.5 inches long, are black with white spots and have black-and-white antennae. They leave round exit holes about the size of a dime in branches and trucks of host trees, and create sawdust-like material that collects on branches and around the base of trees.

Visit dec.ny.gov for information.