October 28, 2017 / Brooklyn news / Park Slope / Meadows of Shame

Unprecedented infestation: Invasive beetle species never-before-found in city hits Brooklyn’s Backyard

Bad bug: Department of Parks and Recreation officials announced on Friday that the invasive-beetle species, Emerald Ash Borer — the larvae of which kill ash trees by burrowing into their bark — are present in Prospect Park for the first time ever.
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It’s a Prospect-Park plague.

An invasive species of tree-slaying beetle never-before-found in the city is infesting Brooklyn’s Backyard, Department of Parks and Recreation officials announced on Friday.

The Emerald Ash Borer, a small, non-native insect, was first detected in New York state in 2009, according to the agency, and park tree-keepers recently discovered the bugs in Brooklyn while tending the meadow’s tens of thousands of green things, its head landscaper said.

“The infestation was detected thanks to vigilant monitoring of the tree population by a year-round crew committed to the protection and preservation of the park’s 30,000 trees,” said John Jordan, director of landscape management for the Prospect Park Alliance, which maintains the lawn in conjunction with the city.

The beetle’s larvae burrows deep beneath the bark of ash trees, slowly killing them by cutting off the circulation of water and nutrients.

But the bugs are only a threat to ash trees, which constitute about three percent of all growing in the city, according to a parks department press release.

Officials identified ten trees in Prospect Park that they suspected were affected by the insects, and immediately chopped down and carted off three after confirming they were infested, according to the release, which said workers will remove more this winter.

Local green thumbs should monitor their neighborhood trees for telltale signs of a borer infestation, including the D-shaped exit hole the bugs make in bark as they emerge from trunks, and report any sightings to authorities, said the head of the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation.

“The public can greatly assist in our efforts by paying close attention to signs of this invasive pest and reporting any detections to the DEC’s Forest Health Division,” said Basil Seggos.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:53 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Katie says:
Probably just overgrown bed bugs.
Oct. 28, 2017, 9:52 am
Cliff Sadof from Purdue University says:
Ash trees need to be protected from this beetle in order to survive. This youtube video describes a technique for your community to assess its ash trees and make decisions about protecting them. It is based on work published in January 2017 in the International Society of Arboriculture.
Oct. 28, 2017, 12:05 pm
Fort Greene Parks Dept Infestation Plan from Myrtle Ave says:
Fort Greene Park has another menace to the viability of trees-namely the Parks Dept and Commissioner Silver!

His 'Parks Without Borders'-a poorly thought scheme- to cut down forty or more trees at the northwest corner (Myrtle Ave) to be replaced by a sterile long hardscape Plaza begs the question why?

More than 10 million dollars being spent-but not on more maintenance staff nor improvements in the playgrounds...enlarging the basketball courts nor additional bathroom facilities...not even the 3rd world-nation- ripped-up-sidewalk along Washington Park...oh no. Chop down the trees...eviscerate the historic landscaped grassy mounds...

Fort Greene Park's own unique annd 'unprecedented' city agency infestation...

For more information-open the link:
Oct. 28, 2017, 4:50 pm
Face it from Brooklyn says:
Colin should stop hugging those trees so hard
Oct. 29, 2017, 2:11 am
Jack Meme Hoff says:
Oct. 29, 2017, 8:22 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
@ Jack Meme Hoff For the lulz man... always for the lulz. Stay dank. Keeh yah lazer charged and the pool closed.
Oct. 29, 2017, 8:50 am
Fred Astaire da editaire says:
BP: Read the previous three comments and the one at the top and please explain to me why, when I question WC and provide the journalistic standard for the common names of beetles, you deleted my comment. Are you really that thin-skinned?
Oct. 31, 2017, 2:01 pm
URBAN MOLE from NYC says:
Do not fret. NYC Parks Forestry division and their leradership is not in the business of protecting and preserving public trees. They are in the business of tree planting and logging those trees they no longer see desirable. We observe throughout communities where many that are allies to Parks Forestry aid and assist in street tree destruction and removal, unnoticied by the public. EAB is simply a plus for the agency- losses in ashes will drive even more new tree installations and great photo opportunities for the agency.
Nov. 16, 2017, 12:04 pm
Carl Marcum says:
These bedbugs are really dominating human lives and creating more issues day by day. Pests like ants, cockroaches, moths, moles, bedbugs, beetles and flies, can make your life difficult. To get rid of these bed bugs you can use a spray to kill them. Using the homemade remedy spray consist of water, vegetable oil, vinegar, and a little dish soap can help you to kill the bed bugs. But, nowadays, most of the people hire a professional pest control specialist like bed bug exterminator Brooklyn ( ), who can permanently solve all bed bugs problems in a cost-effective manner.
Aug. 3, 2018, 7:55 am

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