Beantown Beats ALB

Great news in the nationwide war on Asian longhorned beetle: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) have declared the pest eradicated from the city of Boston. First discovered in the area in 2010, this victory marks the shortest eradication time frame in the history of APHIS’ National ALB Eradication Program. The speedy success of the Boston ALB program can be attributed to early detection and an aggressive treatment strategy.

Four years ago, ALB was detected in Jamaica Plain in trees located across the street from Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum, home to approximately 15,000 maple trees and a veritable all-you-can-eat buffet for the beetles. Fortunately, early intervention from a cooperative of state and federal agencies prevented the insects from making their way across the road and wreaking havoc on the prized maples.

The Boston eradication strategy consisted of establishing a 10-square-mile area to focus on inspection and treatment. Three rounds of chemical applications, which we completed in 2013, were performed on host trees, and only six infested trees were removed throughout the process. A 110-square-mile quarantine zone remains in effect, and informational posters are posted, educating area residents about identifying ALB.

This effective – and speedy – strategy is an encouraging win in the beetle battle. Ongoing public education, vigilant inspection and early intervention will hopefully lead to many more success stories in the future.

What’s Brewing in Milwaukee…

Hello Wisconsin! We are gearing up for the annual ISA Conference and Trade Show and looking forward to five days of workshops, climbing demos, networking events and so much more! New this year, the ISA is offering conference info in a mobile format to help you maximize your time in Milwaukee – check it out at

See page 12 of this issue for seminar schedules, as well as a guide to all of the companies exhibiting at the show and a sneak peek at the awesome products and equipment they’ll have on display. And, don’t forget to stop by and say “hi” at the Tree Services booth, #824!

Katie Meyers