Asian longhorn beetle covers eight hectares, FERA reveals

The outbreak of the Asian longhorn beetle found at farm in Kent covers an area of at least eight hectares and has infested at least 22 trees, the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) has confirmed.

Asian longhorn beetle - image: Forestry Commission
Asian longhorn beetle - image: Forestry Commission

Fera discovered the outbreak – the first outbreak of  the exotic beetle pest in the UK – in the Paddock Wood area last month.

In addition to the trees confirmed as being infested, Fera said a further five trees are "highly likely to be infested" with the beetles.

Asian longhorn beetle is a widespread pest in China where it has killed millions of poplar trees planted to prevent soil erosion.

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