Image 2, Asian longhorned beetle
Image 3, brown marmorated stink bug
Image 4, BMSB back (dorsal)
Image 5, ALB (dorsal)
Invasive insect pests are a serious threat to Minnesota’s agricultural and natural resources. Believe or not, inspection of pool filter and skimmer contents for invasive insects has proven successful in New Hampshire and Maryland for detecting new pests. By checking the content of your swimming pool filter and skimmer, you may be able to help us find new infestations of potentially devastating pests. Two pests of concern are the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) and the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB). ALB tunnels into and kills many different types of trees, especially maples, and threatens forest lands and community forests. BMSB feeds on hundreds of types of plants and can cause major losses to field crops, fruits and vegetable. Please help us implement this survey program in Minnesota to protect our agricultural and natural resources from new pests.
Any questions about the program in general or the protocol in specific may be directed to the MDA Arrest the Pest Hotline (Arrest.the.Pest@state.mn.us or 1-888-545-6684).
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, firstname.lastname@example.org