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ALB in the United States

ALB is in 4 states: Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, and South Carolina. Eradication efforts eliminated infestations in Illinois and New Jersey. If you live in a quarantine area, please keep this tree-killing pest from spreading. Follow state and federal laws, that restrict the movement of woody material and untreated firewood.

SOUTH CAROLINA – First detection: May 2020

Regulated Area: 76.4 sq. miles in Charleston/Dorchester Counties

Infested Trees: 7,018

43 Charleston, 4,748 Hollywood, 1,434 Johns Island, 793 Ravenel

Removals: 7,296

4,511 Infested, 2,785 High-Risk Hosts

Surveys: 175,665

Residents can dispose of regulated yard waste at Bees Ferry Road Convenience Center, 1344 Bees Ferry Road, 29414 or Hollywood Convenience Center, 5305 Highway 165, 29449. For more information, please call 843-973-8329 or click South Carolina.

OHIO – First detection: June 2011

Regulated Area: 49 sq. miles* in Clermont County

Tate and Williamsburg Townships

Infested Trees: 21,705

34 East Fork Recreational Area, 48 Monroe Township, 21,620 Tate Township, 3 Stonelick/Batavia Township

Removals: 116,077

21,543 Infested, 94,534 High-Risk Hosts

Surveys: 4,294,872

* Monroe Township eradicated in September 2018, resulting in a reduction of the regulated area by .5 sq. miles. Stonelick and Batavia Townships eradicated in March 2018, resulting in a reduction of the regulated area by 5 sq. miles.

The wood disposal yard located at 2896 State Route 232 in Bethel is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Wood chips are available for residents from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month. For more information, please call 513-381-7180 or click Ohio.

MASSACHUSETTS – First detection: August 2008

Regulated Area: 110 sq. miles* in Worcester County

Infested Trees: 24,209**

1 Auburn, 6 Boston, 13 Boylston, 233 Holden, 1,097 Shrewsbury, 699 West Boylston, 20,760 Worcester,

Removals: 36,265**

24,209 Infested, 12,056 High-Risk Hosts

Surveys: Inspections continue

* Boston (Suffolk County) declared eradication in 2014, resulting in a reduction of the regulated area by 10 sq. miles. ** Due to additional host trees removed through acreage cuts within the regulated area, the actual number of infested trees and the actual number of trees removed is unknown.

The wood disposal yard is located at 0 Dr. Paul Ware Drive in Boylston and is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information, please call 508-852-8090 or click Massachusetts.

NEW YORK – First detection: August 1996

Regulated Area: 53 sq. miles* in Nassau/Suffolk County

Infested Trees: 7,243

2,891 Amityville, 2,327 Brooklyn, 27 Islip, 110 Manhattan, 1,831 Queens, 57 Staten Island

Removals: 24,113

7,243 Infested, 16,870 High-Risk Hosts

Surveys: Inspections continue

* Brooklyn and Queens eradicated in 2019, resulting in a reduction of the regulated area by 58 sq. miles. New infestation detected in Amityville area in 2013 resulted in an increase of the regulated area by 28 sq. miles. Manhattan (New York County) and Staten Island (Richmond County) eradicated in 2013, resulting in a reduction of the regulated area by 26 sq. miles. Islip (Suffolk County) eradicated in 2011, resulting in a reduction of the regulated area by 7 sq. miles.

For more information, please call 866-265-0301 or click New York.


USDA laboratories conduct research to learn more about the beetle. This information guides the approach used to fight infestations. Field studies, trials, and laboratory research over the years have been vital in developing the protocols used today to fight the beetle.

Current research includes regulatory treatments for wood and nursery stock, chip size and grinding techniques to deregulate host materials, traps to lure adult beetles, and the use of dogs to detect the insect’s presence. USDA is also studying how quickly the insect spreads on its own and its host tree preference and range, and conducting DNA analysis and various behavioral experiments.


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