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Check those pool filters for another invasive species
State forestry officials want them — specifically any that resemble the dreaded Asian longhorned beetle, an invasive species that can cut a destructive path through maples, elms, willows and other hardwoods.
State forestry officials got the pool survey idea from Worcester, Mass., where the Asian longhorned beetle caused major damage after first being detected there in 2008, Lombard said.
Noel Negroni knows all about bugs in pools. The Manchester resident said he has never seen so many in the 14 years he’s had an inground pool at his 204 Prospect St.
Negroni said he willing to photograph anything that resembles the longhorned beetle and upload it on the website. But first he needs to know what it looks like.
This is the second summer the state Division of Forest and Lands appealed to pool owners to look for the insects.
Officials found no longhorned beetles, but discovered two other invasive species they hadn’t realized were in the state: the brown marmorated stink bug and European fire ant, Lombard said.
“We can move products ... so fast around this world that insects get caught in that packaging or in wood products or in landscape materials and don’t have time to die in transport like thy did years ago,” Lombard said.
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