Do you own a pool? The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) needs your help documenting an invasive species.
The DEC is asking pool owners to check their pools for the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). These beetles are active from late July through September.
The DEC says to check your pool filter for debris collected in your pool filter or skimmer. If you happen to stumble across an ALB, you are asked to take a photo of the beetle and send it the picture to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading "ALB Pool Survey". You can also text the picture to (518) 810-1609, and type "ALB Pool Survey" in the body of the text.
ALB is an invasive species that has killed thousands of trees in the United States, according to the DEC.
You can find out more information on how to identify an Asian longhorned beetle here.