The latest info on plant pests, pathogens, and weeds.

Archive for October, 2008

Let’s talk about Plant Pests

Are you part of a garden club, environmental group, or other organization that wants to learn more about the invasive insect pests, plant pathogens and weeds that threaten our state? The Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach Project offers free lectures and training sessions covering everything from the Asian longhorned beetle to pathogens like sudden oak death, […]

Get Compliance Training for ALB

If you have a business that could potentially be affected by the new Asian Longhorned Beetle regulations, you should make sure to sign up for one of the Compliance Training Sessions being held by the Massachusetts ALB Cooperative Eradication Program. The two-hour training and certification workshop will allow your business to enter into a compliance […]

Mile-a-Minute on Block Island

An infestation of mile-a-minute vine (Polygonum perfoliatum) was discovered last month on Block Island, located off the coast of Rhode Island. The initial sighting was in a swamp owned by The Nature Conservancy, in several patches covering more than 400 square meters. A small additional population was also found in the yard of an island […]

Volunteers Wanted: Help Find ALB!

You help is needed this fall and winter in the search for the Asian longhorned beetle! The Greater Worcester Land Trust is enlisting volunteers to survey conservation land in the Worcester area for signs of the wood-boring invader. The initial goal of the GWLT is to cover a 150 acre parcel of conservation land, a […]

Home Invaders

It’s that time of year again: the growing season is almost over, temperatures are cooling off, and your home becomes a warm and inviting place…for insects. One of these “home invaders” is the Western conifer seed bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis). This is a fairly large bug (about 3/4 inch long), with back legs that have a […]

Buy Local, Burn Local

The Asian longhorned beetle, along with other wood-boring insects such as the emerald ash borer and the Sirex woodwasp, live the first part of their lives as white, worm-like larvae burrowed into the branches and trunks of trees. Because these larvae typically remain hidden until adulthood, when you transport firewood or cut branches you could […]

ALB Info for Tree Care Professionals

The Massachusetts Tree Wardens & Foresters Association is holding a free Asian Longhorned Beetle Information Session for Tree Care Professionals later this month. The session, to be held in Waltham, MA on 10/22/08, from 1pm-4pm, will feature experts from the local, state, and national level of the Massachusetts ALB Eradication Program. Attendees can earn ISA, […]

Biocontrol released in Michigan for emerald ash borer

Researchers from the USDA have added another tool to the arsenal against the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis, “EAB”). As reported in this article from E: The Environmental Magazine, three different wasp predators, all natural enemies of the EAB, are currently being reared and released into the wild to fight the tiny green invasive beetle. […]