Time for landowners to be aware of bug movement
AUGUSTA – This past winter was a good one for an invasive forest insect threatening Maine’s hemlocks, and this spring is a good time for home and land owners, particularly those along Maine’s coast, to be aware of the potential for spreading it.
The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) has been moving inland and north along Maine’s coastline. In addition to the recently-reported infestations found in Alfred and Mount Desert Island, the invasive insect now has been found in Arundel, Biddeford and Kennebunk, according officials with the Maine Forest Service, under the Maine Department of Conservation.
“The sites are all York County, all coastal and where we expected to find it,” MFS Forest Entomologist Allison Kanoti said.
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