A free educational session is scheduled for Thursday, March 4th, from 3 to 5 pm in the Hubbard Room of Russell Library. The presentation will be by Rose Hiskes, entomologist at the CT Agricultural Experiment Station CAES. The lecture is jointly sponsored by the Middletown Garden Club Conservation Committee and the CAES. All are invited and town public works staff and tree wardens are strongly urged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
Because of the unusual life cycle of this beetle, it is very difficult to identify until enormous damage has been done. Targeted trees include many of the hardwood trees native to Connecticut. The only cure when the beetle infests an area is to clear-cut the targeted trees, which is what happened in Worcester, MA.
A web site that describes reporting procedures for the beetle when it is identified is: http://www.massnrc.org/PESTS/