Posted by Jeremy Shulkin
Maybe you heard that over the weekend six trees in Boston were found infested by the Asian Longhorn Beetle.
Today we found out from Rhonda Santos, a spokeswoman for the USDA, that it’s very likely those beetles came from Worcester. “What we’re thinking is it was human movement of wood from the Worcester area” by someone visiting the hospital, she suggested. The USDA has ruled out the possibility that the insects came from a tree nursery because the ages of the trees versus the length of time the ALB has been feasting on them don’t correlate.
Santos says that so far it looks like the infestation hasn’t spread beyond the six trees on the Faulkner Hospital property, and DNA analysis will be performed on the ALB to verify he’s the father the Worcester-Boston link.