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Stopping Forest Pests at the Source

Are you a Massachusetts landscaper that imports/distributes stone and or tile materials for use in construction or landscaping? If so, we’d like to hear from you! Stone and other hardscape materials shipped in wood packaging, such as crates and pallets, can serve as pathways through which invasive pests like emerald ash borer (EAB) and the […]

Campgrounds and Firewood: Preventing the Movement of Forest Pests

What can campgrounds do to prevent the movement of infested firewood? Most people have already heard about the devastating impact that the Asian Longhorned Beetle has had on the city of Worcester and surrounding towns, which together have lost over 33,000 trees due to this invasive forest pest. Unfortunately, one of the ways that Asian […]

Spotted Lanternfly: A New Pest in the U.S.

On September 22nd, 2014 the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture confirmed the first detection of Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) in the United States. Despite its name, this insect is not a true fly but is actually a type of planthopper – a relative of aphids, leafhoppers, and cicadas. Spotted lanternflies (like other planthoppers) damage plants by […]

Parasitic wasps aid Emerald Ash Borer control efforts in Massachusetts

There has been a lot in the news lately about Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis, “EAB”), including recent finds of this pest in both Berkshire County (Dalton, Pittsfield, and surrounding towns) and Essex County (North Andover and Methuen) in Massachusetts. Considered the most destructive pest in North America, EAB has already spread to 23 states, […]

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Massachusetts

State Officials Confirm Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Massachusetts for First Time Officials with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) today announced that the Emerald ash borer (EAB) has been detected in Massachusetts. The destructive beetle was detected in the western Massachusetts town of Dalton on […]

Success In The Winter Moth Battle

UMass Amherst is reporting that Extension entomologist Joe Elkinton now has evidence that the biocontrol for the invasive winter moth has finally taken hold in Massachusetts. For the past 6 years, Elkinton’s lab has been rearing and releasing a parasitic fly, Cyzenis albicans, that attacks the invasive winter moth (Operophtera brumata). Research shows that fly […]

Wasp Watchers Wanted!

Want to help protect Massachusetts from the invasive emerald ash borer? Volunteer teams from Central and Eastern Massachusetts are needed to track the beetles, using a wasp that is an expert at finding them. Cerceris fumipennis, a native wasp species, is an expert at catching Agrilus beetles, including the Agrilus of greatest concern to us […]

ALB Resources ¡en español! (In Spanish!)

The Mass. Department of Agricultural Resources has reproduced two of its most popular handouts for Asian longhorned beetle outreach in a Spanish language format. Our ALB Tree Guide and ALB Look-alikes sheets are now both available in Spanish: To view the entire collection of ALB outreach materials, visit the Massachusetts ALB Cooperative Eradication Program’s Media […]

Public Meetings About Tree Treatments For Asian Longhorned Beetle

The Asian longhorned beetle Cooperative Eradication Program will be holding a series of meetings this March in the Greater Worcester area to discuss plans to chemically treat trees in an effort to prevent the spread of the beetle. Meetings are scheduled from 6pm-8pm on each of the following dates: Monday, March 14: Worcester Technical High […]

Walk, talk, and survey for ALB!

Join us on November 13th at 10:00 am for an informative Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) “walk-and-talk” at Olmsted Park in Boston. This will be a walking workshop where you can learn how to identify ALB, ALB tree damage, and hear about the history of ALB in Massachusetts. At the same time we will also be […]