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Asian Longhorned Beetle

Eradication Costs of ALB

[photo:] Tree removal in New York CityResearch Issue

It is important to estimate the cost of eradication so that proper cost benefit analyses can be performed. 

Our Research

The annual federal and state expenditures for ALB eradication efforts in the United States were assembled from 1997 through 2008.  The federal funding included expenditures by the three principal USDA agencies involved in ALB eradication, research, and restoration activities, including Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and Forest Service (FS).  In addition, ALB eradication costs from Canada and Europe were obtained through 2008.

Expected Outcomes

Information on the eradication costs for ALB will provide baseline data to economists, resource managers, regulators, and policy makers to conduct cost-benefit analyses as well as to appreciate more fully the value in preventing establishment of exotic pests compared with trying to control an exotic pest after establishment.

Research Results

The ALB eradication costs through 2008 varied widely among the countries infested with ALB.  The costs depended on the number and size of infestations, the length of time since discovery, and the types of treatments employed.  As of 2008, total state and federal costs for the ALB eradication program, including research and development, was about $373 million for the United States.  In other countries, ALB eradication costs through 2008 were estimated at €464,000 in Austria, €55,000 in France, €65,000 in Germany, and CAN$23.5 million in Canada.

Haack, Robert A.; Herard, Franck; Sun, Jinghua; Turgeon, Jean J. 2010. Managing invasive populations of Asian longhorned beetle and citrus longhorned beetle: a worldwide perspective. Annual Review of Entomology. 55: 521-546.

Research Participants

Principal Investigators

  • Robert A. Haack, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Research Entomolgist (Retired)
  • Franck Hérard, USDA ARS, European Biological Control Laboratory
  • Jianghua Sun, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Zoology
  • Jean J. Turgeon, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service

Last Modified: 07/13/2017