Regulatory Services

December 2022 Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) Cooperative Eradication Program Community Update


We want to keep you informed about the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) infestation in South Carolina, as supportive community relationships are essential to the success of eradicating the beetle. This update is being issued to established collaborators, communities, and stakeholders, and we invite you to share this information with anyone who may be affected by our operations.      

***South Carolina Asian Longhorned Beetle Program Hiring*** Our program is currently in the process of filling multiple positions. Please visit if you or someone you know is interested in applying. We are excited to grow our team.   

***Charleston Green Drinks at Commonhouse Aleworks*** Come see us at Commonhouse Aleworks Tuesday, December 13th from 6:00-8:00PM where the topic of discussion is trees! We will be giving a brief talk about ALB in the Lowcountry alongside other environmentally minded organizations followed by time for plenty of questions.


Clemson University’s Department of Plant Industry (DPI) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are conducting tree inspection surveys within Charleston County and the surrounding area to determine the size and scope of the infestation. Davey Resource Group is contracted to carry out survey and tree removal services on behalf of the ALB Program. 

For property owners who will have infested trees requiring removal, they should receive official notification via certified mail from DPI and, whenever possible, will be notified by a Davey Resource Group official before tree removal work begins. Davey has removed 4,245 infested trees and 2,783 high risk trees in the quarantine zone.     

South Carolina Asian Longhorned Beetle Map
The red outline represents the current ALB quarantine and totals 76.38 square miles. Within the quarantine 6,587 infested trees have been detected, each of which is represented by a red dot.


Federal and South Carolina State quarantines are established for Charleston County and a small portion of Dorchester County. The state quarantine legislation was enacted with publication in the State Register on June 25, 2021. See SC ALB Regulations here and view the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations here. The ALB regulated boundary is denoted by the red outline in the attached map and is also available at 

Movement of firewood, storm debris, and other tree parts is prohibited from this area to prevent the spread of Asian Longhorned beetle. Even if beetles are not seen, eggs and larvae may be present within the tree material. Help informing and educating residents about this quarantine is appreciated.  

As tropical storm season continues, residents and businesses operating in the quarantine area should be aware that host material should be disposed of properly inside the quarantine area. Please dispose of any woody storm debris from ALB host trees to the Bees Ferry Road Convenience Center, 1344 Bees Ferry Road, 29414 or the Hollywood Convenience Center, 5305 Highway 165, 29449. Any woody debris half an inch or more in diameter is considered regulated material and must be disposed of properly. Please contact the Program with any questions about proper handling and disposal of storm debris.  

The ALB program is proactively contacting businesses operating within the quarantine for guidance in how to adhere to the quarantine requirements. To sign up for free compliance training, where you can learn about how to handle regulated articles, please contact the SC ALB Program at or 843-973-8329.      


The Clemson University Invasive Species Program often shares Program updates and information on ALB (as well as other invasive species of concern in South Carolina) on its Facebook page– like and follow to get updates in your social media feed!

In November, the ALB program hosted an event for College of Charleston students to gain hands-on experience identifying ALB and its damage. Those who attended left with an understanding of the importance of our program and a keen eye for infested trees. We hope to repeat this training in the Spring for other interested community members.

As the holiday season approaches our outreach schedule is slowing, but we are looking forward to the New Year and what it holds for our program. We will be attending the Southeastern Wildlife Expo from February 17th – 19th in downtown Charleston. This event is the largest of its kind in the country, with an estimated 40,000 attendees from across the nation.

If your community organization is interested in hosting an ALB outreach event, please contact the program at    

Asian Longhorned Beetle outreach materials are available at If you or someone you know would like printed copies of our brochure, please reply to this email and we will arrange to get them to you.      


Tree Surveys – 159,156
Infested Trees Detected – 6,587 
Infested Tree Removals – 4,245
High Risk Tree Removals – 2,783  


It is important to know the beetle is not harmful to people or pets. DPI and USDA tree inspectors will notify residents of survey activities on private properties before they conduct surveys whenever possible. Tree inspectors are dressed in Clemson, USDA, or Davey Resource Group uniforms and will provide identification if asked. We are asking residents to look for the beetle and to examine their trees for any damage that may be caused by the beetle. Residents can report the beetle or tree damage through the reporting tool at, by emailing, or by calling the SC ALB Program Office at 843-973-8329.    


Phone: 843-973-8329