Be On The Look Out, Invasive Tree-Eating Beetle

If you have trees around your house, you should take a few minutes to check them for an invasive beetle.

The request comes from the U.S Department of Agriculture as they designated August as National Tree Check Month.

Officials are worried about the Asian longhorned beetle.

They are distinctively large, shiny black and have random white blotches or spots.

The beetle eats its way through the inside of the trees, damaging or killing the tree.

It prefers maples, but it will infest any other hardwoods.

The turned up in the U.S more than 20 years ago, they haven’t been spotted in Michigan yet, but have been found in neighboring Ohio.

Anyone spotting the beetle is asked to report it.