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Asian Longhorned Beetle

Learn about the City's efforts to deal with ALB sightings at Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain. Access information and resources on the ALB and check back for updates.

Spring 2012 Update

In July 2010, Asian Longhorn Beetles (ALB) were discovered in 6 trees at the Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain. Thanks to the awareness of the grounds crew, the infestation was caught early. Since the onset, more than 70,000 trees have been surveyed and no other ALB damage has been identified.

In 2011, the ALB Eradication Progam shared their plans for a three year treatment program in Boston in which all host trees within a 1/4 of the infestation was treated with imidacloprid. The first year of the treatment program was executed in Spring 2011 and the operation when very smoothly. The second year of the treatment program is scheduled to begin on Monday June 4, 2012 with no changes from previous year protocols:

  • Trunk injection of the host trees
  • Active ingredient of Imidaclopid
  • Label rate will be followed
  • Same locations/properties will be asked to participate

Environmental monitoring will also continue throughout 2012. MA ALB Cooperative Eradication Program staff will begin canvassing for participant releases in early May.

For more information, please contact the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources or call the MA Asian Longhorned Beetle Hotline at 1-866-702-9938.
MA Department of Agricultural Resources: Asian Longhorned Beetle Information

ALB Regulated Area

The 1.5 mile radius around the Faulkner Hospital site remains a "Regulated Area" and tree surveys continue. Find out if your residence is affected using our online search feature.
ALB Regulated Area Address Search

Update on Yard Waste Collection in ALB Regulated Area

Leaf and yard waste collected in the Asian Longhorn Beetle (ALB) regulated area can be placed curbside on your trash collection day, where it will be appropriately disposed of in accordance with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) ALB Eradication Program Guidelines. Please place yard waste on the curb by 7AM on your scheduled trash/recycling day. Tie branches with string, 3' maximum length and no wider than 1 inch. Do not put branches in barrels.
Leaf and Yard Waste Collection Guidelines

Report a Possible ALB Sighting

Tree inspectors from the USDA and DCR will continue with surveys on both public and private property in the Regulated Area to look for signs of ALB. We need you to keep an eye out for possible infestations. Visit the USDA's Beetle Busters for information on how to identify ALB.
Beetle Busters

Ways to Report:
  1. Call the ALB hotline at 1-866-702-9938
  2. Report an ALB Sighting to the MA Department of Agricultural Resources

Related Links


  • Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradicated from Boston effective May 14, 2014

    Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is declaring eradication of the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) in Suffolk and Norfolk Counties, Massachusetts, thereby releasing them from quarantine. Since 2010, APHIS has worked with its Commonwealth partners to complete extensive survey, control, and regulatory activities in these areas to eradicate ALB from Massachusetts.

    APHIS determined that these counties can be removed from quarantine after program efforts resulted in three years of negative surveys of host plants within the regulated areas. The attached Federal Order immediately rescinds the regulated area in Suffolk and Norfolk Counties, Massachusetts, for ALB. As a result of this action, no remaining ALB regulated areas exist in Boston or Brookline, Massachusetts.

    For more information regarding the ALB Eradication Program, please call National Policy Manager Robyn Rose, Ph.D., at 301-851-2283

    State News Release

    USDA News Release

  • Updates from the Massachusetts Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) Cooperative Eradication Program

    Read the latest updates from the MA ALB Cooperative Eradication Program.  The updates reflect information relating to ALB eradication efforts within Worcester County, as well as Suffolk and Norfolk counties. 

    ALB Update Nov 18 2010

    ALB Update Nov 24 2010

  • DCR Issues Quarantine Order

    The Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation and its Bureau of Forestry have issued a quarantine order to adress the infestation of ALB in an area of Boston and Brookline

    State Quarantine Order

    ALB Restricted Area Map

  • Federal, State, and Local Officals Announce Discovery of Asian Longhorned Beetles on Grounds of Boston's Faulkner Hospital

    Six infested trees in Jamaica Plain removed July 6, 2010 represent the first confirmed presence of ALB outside Worcester County in Massachusetts.

    DCR's ALB Press Release

Video & Multimedia

  • Asian Longhorned Beetle Community Update

    Jim Hunt joins the DCR to update residents on the eradication of the Asian Longhorned Beetle.

    Watch Video