New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos is encouraging New York’s swimming pool owners to participate in DEC’s annual Asian Longhorned Beetle Swimming Pool Survey during the month of August. During late summer, Asian longhorned beetles emerge as adults and are most active outside of their host trees. The goal of the survey is to locate infestations of these invasive pests before they cause serious damage to the state’s forests and trees.
“Most invasive forest pest infestations have been discovered and reported by members of the public, making citizen science a vital tool for protecting our urban and rural forests,” says Seggos. “Swimming pool monitoring is a simple, economical approach to surveying for Asian longhorned beetles and gives New Yorkers the chance to take an active role in protecting the trees in their yards and communities.”
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