SUNNYSIDE — After the city lost 48 trees to an insect infestation along the Yakima Valley Pathway, residents have been encouraged to check the trees and swimming pools in their yards for harmful bugs.
Resident are asked to take photos of the bugs and report them to the online website.
Those finding invasive bugs are asked to report any species that seem out of place to the States Invasive Species Council at invasivespecies.wa.gov/report.shtml.
If the insect is captured or collected, the County Washington States University Extension Office or Master Gardener programs can also help identify the pests, said Justin Bush, executive coordinator of the State Invasive Species Counsel.
“Researchers and scientists are surveying for these species statewide. But we need the public’s help,” he said.
In addition to checking trees, experts suggest pool owners and those with water features in their yards, check pool skimmer and filters for bugs. Emerging adult insects often end up as debris collected in pool filters.