Destructive beetle species found on South Shore
A destructive species of beetle has made its way to Long Island.
Telltale sap nodules are showing up on numerous pine trees in forested areas on the South Shore. Officials say it's the sign of the Southern Pine Beetle.
They are responsible for killing thousands of acres of pine trees in the United States. Experts say the only way to get rid of the pests is to cut down both infested and healthy trees.
The Department of Environmental Conservation says infestations have been reported at Henry's Hollow Pine Barrens State Forest in Hampton Bays, the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley and the Connetquot River State Park in Oakdale.
Officials are planning to map trees for possible infestation over the next couple months.
The DEC is asking the public to report any signs of the Southern Pine Beetle at 1-866-640-0652.