New Hampshire takes steps to slow down insect attack

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The nearly microscopic brown insect is called red pine scale and was detected at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown in August. Although it's small in size, it has been causing problems for other states for years.

This is the first documented case of the insect in New Hampshire, though the bug’s been a longtime headache in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, just to name a few.

New Hampshire forestry officials plan to remove about 120 acres of red pine trees from a state park this winter to slow the spread of an aggressive insect that’s destroyed thousands of the trees in southern New England.