BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A tree-eating beetle infestation has taken over in parts of Long Island.
As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, the Asian long-horned beetle has destroyed more than 23,000 trees in New York state. Now in the town of Babylon, authorities said there is an infestation.
It began, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, after a woman saw the beetle on a tree on 18th Street in West Babylon. After a check, authorities found more and more trees with the beetles – three on residential properties, one on the Southern State Parkway, and two in a nearby cemetery.
The trees will all have to be removed.
The invasive beetles have killed hundreds of thousands of trees across the nation, in particular maple trees in New York City and on Long Island.