July 2010

07/22/2010 5:44 PM
Posted by: L. Greenwood
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I've received two really good questions in the last few weeks, so I thought I'd post the questions and my answers on the blog for all to see. The first is from a woman named Kirsta. She writes;


Dear DMF,

I have a large pile of firewood in my back yard that I would like to get rid of. What is a safe way to dispose of it?

 

07/13/2010 3:31 PM
Posted by: L. Greenwood
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Tags: Outbreaks

The Asian longhorned beetle has been compared to Darth Vader more than once, and with some good reasons. In a recent article in the MetroWest Daily News out of Framingham MA, they said the ALB is, "Nicknamed the "Darth Vader" bug because of its shiny, black shell and ominous presence, the invasive species has no natural predators..."

 

07/08/2010 5:43 PM
Posted by: L. Greenwood
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Wondering how an Asian longhorned beetle might wind up on the grounds of a hospital in the middle of Boston? Clint McFarland from the USDA has a good theory... "The beetles likely were brought in by someone visiting Faulkner Hospital with firewood or brush..."

 

Yup. Firewood.

 

See the whole article here; Officials say to expect more beetle sightings in the July 8th Boston Herald

07/06/2010 1:39 PM
Posted by: L. Greenwood
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Boston's first Asian longhorned beetle infestation was found in Jamaica Plain over the 4th of July long weekend. Six trees were confirmed infested, and those trees have already been removed to kill the beetles within them. More trees may be found- but it is too early to say. We'll keep this blog updated as things progress. In the mean time...

 

What can you do to help?

 

- Tell everyone you know not to move firewood. Send them to us, here, at DontMoveFirewood.org

 

07/06/2010 12:24 PM
Posted by: L. Greenwood
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A new infestation of Asian longhorned beetle was found over the 4th of July weekend in Jamaica Plain- one of the towns in Greater Boston. The six confirmed infested trees were found on the grounds of Faulker Hospital, which is across the street from the Arnold Arboretum.

 

07/01/2010 11:59 AM
Posted by: L. Greenwood
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Fourth of July is a great holiday - and one of the biggest camping weekends of the year. Smart campers like you know that moving firewood spreads pests. So what do you do when you notice your friends brought firewood from home? Or someone in the next campsite over has out of state license plates and their own stock of wood?

 

- Tell them about the problem with firewood in simple terms. "Did you know that when you bring firewood from home, that can spread bad bugs that kill trees?"

 

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