Small Beetle, Big Problem
Invasive shothole borers (ISHB) are two closely related species of small, non-native, beetles that bore into trees. ISHB introduce fungi that cause a tree disease called Fusarium dieback (FD). The ISHB-FD pest-disease complex is responsible for the death of thousands of trees in Southern California and poses an imminent threat to the integrity of our urban and natural forests.
Invasive shothole borers attack a wide variety of tree species including avocados, common landscape selections, and California native species in urban and wildland environments.
For more information about invasive shothole borers and Fusarium dieback, view the video below and explore this website.
Pests in the Urban Landscape
As you may know, Groundhog Day is observed on February 2nd to predict if there will be an early spring or if six more weeks of winter are in order. Groundhogs are large, ground-dwelling rodents found mainly on the East Coast that can cause severe damage...
UC ANR program trains volunteers to accurately identify and report infested trees, protecting forests and encouraging civic engagement through participatory science. The Issue Invasive pests are one of the main threats to our urban and natural forests....
In a NAISMA blog post, Dr. Beatriz Nobua-Behrmann, Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Advisor with UC Cooperative Extension, explains how to identify infestations by invasive shothole borers and how you can protect your trees from this...
ISHB eXtension Training! The course is served by the eXtension national online learning platform.
ISHB Detection & Management Assessment
Before reporting infestations, take the ISHB Detection Assessment to see if your tree is suffering from ISHB damage.