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WEST BOYLSTON (CBS) – The USDA began treating trees in Worcester County on Monday to prevent the spread of the Asian longhorned beetles.

USDA project manager Clint McFarland said crews injected the trees with the chemical called Imidacloprid. He said it’s the most effective way to deliver the treatment.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports.

“It’s gonna get rid of the actual Asian longhorned beetle population, whether that’s through the immatures or the adults feeding on these trees,” said McFarland.

McFarlard said the chemical attacks the insect’s nervous system.

Maple trees that have been treated are tagged so they are not tapped for maple syrup.

More than 95,000 trees will be treated in eight areas across Worcester County through July.


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