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    Crews checking for invasive beetle

    A program aimed at eradicating the region’s Asian longhorned beetle population will be conducting surveys in the area through the end of August. Through the program, now in its sixth year, members will survey trees to identify those infested with the invasive insect. About 700 traps will also be placed throughout Central Massachusetts and will be checked twice a month through September. Those conducing the surveys wear vests with USDA or DCR written on the back, and may knock on doors to identify themselves to residents. More information about the Asian longhorned beetle cooperative eradication program is available by calling 508-852-8090 or visiting the town’s website, www.shrewsbury-ma.gov.