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Teaming Up to Track Down an Invasive Pest

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An invasive, exotic tree-killer may be back in Illinois. And teams from the state and federal Departments of Agriculture are roaming Deerfield to track it down. An Asian Longhorned Beetle was discovered in the northern Chicago suburb early this month. Suzanne Bond is from the United States Department of Agriculture.

BOND: Whether we’re looking at residential trees or trees on commercial property, parkland or even forests, we have to be out looking for any signs of the beetle wherever those searches take us.

The USDA is also looking for companies in the area that may have imported cargo from Asia. Officials think the beetle could have stowed away in shipping material. The beetle first invaded Illinois in 1998. Eradication efforts have cost federal, state and city governments $77 million since.

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