Saturday, June 25, 2005

Woodchewers Warehouse

According to this email over at the Yahoo! group ma-eppc, Asian longhorned beetles (Anoplophora glabripennis) have been found in a warehouse in Sacramento, California. This isn't the first time the beetles have been detected in that state, but in this case investigators also found living specimens outside of the building. The warehouse is being leased by a company importing goods from China, and workers there noted that they saw beetle larvae and digested wood in the (supposedly fumigated!) wooden crates used to ship the goods. Scientists are now setting traps within an eight mile radius around the warehouse, to monitor the area for further evidence of the beetle's spread.

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