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July 7, 2010

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▸ Officials are urging residents to look for signs of the Asian longhorned beetle in their yards and neighborhoods. Adult beetles are 1 to 1.5 inches long, with long, curving, black and white antennae. They chew tiny oval pits in the bark where the females lay eggs and leave dime-sized boreholes in the trunks as they exit. These holes are sometimes surrounded by “frass,’’ a stick-like sawdust. Any signs of the insects should be reported to a toll-free hotline, 866-702-9938.

▸ Wood and wood products may not be removed from an area extending 1.5 miles from the infestation epicenter at Faulkner Hospital, including portions of Boston and Brookline. An education program for people involved in wood-related industries is scheduled tomorrow from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Franklin Park Clubhouse on Circuit Drive in Franklin Park.

▸ A community meeting for citizens is scheduled Tuesday, July 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Franklin Park Clubhouse.

▸ More information about the Asian longhorned beetle is available at www.mass.gov/agr/alb.htm.

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