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Tree Inspection Key In Asian Long-Horned Beetle Prevention

BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) -- The Asian long-horned beetle has infested trees in the Babylon and Islip areas -- but what about trees in your yard?

According to Kevin Sheehan, of Davey Tree Service, says the only way to prevent the spread of the beetle is by doing routine inspections of trees on your property, WCBS 880's Sophia Hall reported.

"Always look at the trunk of the tree, there's very large holes, about the size of a dime," Sheehan said. "The holes are very prominent, very easy to detect." 

Sheehan says the holes indicate a large infestation in the tree, and that the beetles have probably left the host tree in search of other spaces to nest -- putting surrounding trees in danger of infestation.

According to Sheehan, there are currently no remedies to eliminate or deter the beetles from infesting an area, so prevention is key.

"It's critical that you call the Department of Agriculture if you see those holes," Sheehan said.

Trees that are currently infested are currently unable to survive, and must be cut down. Maple, birch, willow and elm trees are favorites for the beetles.

The Asian long-horned beetle has destroyed more than 23,000 trees in New York state.

If you see the beetle, which is black with white spots, you can call the state Department of Environmental Conservation or the Department of Agriculture and report the location.

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