August is high-alert month for the Asian Longhorned beetle. The invasive species can cause extensive damage to forested areas and has been found as close as Boston.In Worcester, the beetle was responsible for destroying some 34,000 trees.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is asking Rhode Islanders to check local trees for dime-sized holes and dead branches that indicate the presence of the beetle.
"You could also see shallow chew marks in the bark where the beetle would lay eggs," said U.S.D.A. spokesman Elvis Cordova.