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Register Now for Our November Spotted Lanternfly Webinar – Credits Available!

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is hosting a series of webinars to educate the green industry and environmental groups about Spotted Lanternfly. Organized as quarterly updates, these free webinars will provide attendees with the most current information about this invasive pest. Dates: Spring Update: 5/18/22 (Archive) Summer Update: 8/17/22 (Archive) Fall Update: 11/16/22 […]

Spotted Lanternfly Egg Laying Has Begun

Spotted lanternfly egg masses look like a splotch of mud or lichen and can be laid on just about anything. The eggs themselves are very small, oval, brown, and laid in straight lines next to one another. They are covered by a waxy coating but may sometimes be left partially exposed like the top center […]

What invasive insects are in YOUR town?

The Pest Dashboard currently shows information about spotted lanternfly (left), emerald ash borer (center), and Asian longhorned beetle (right), but in coming months will include many more invasive plants and insects. Images by Elizabeth Barnes, MDAR, Cliff Sadof, Purdue University, and R. Anson Eaglin, USDA-APHIS. Ever wonder which invasive insects have been found near you? […]

Give Your Trees a Checkup for Tree Check Month!

A few minutes looking over your tree might just mean spotting invasive insects, plant pathogens, and other types of damage before they have a chance to take hold. National Tree Check Month is the perfect time for your trees’ annual checkup. Here’s how to do a quick, basic inspection: Identify your tree. You can’t tell […]

Look-Alike Highlight: Cicada Killers vs Northern Giant Hornets

A cicada killer resting in the grass. Huge, scary looking wasps have started buzzing around gardens, sidewalks, and lawns. Are they northern giant hornets (aka Asian giant hornets, or “murder hornets”)? Probably not! These insects are cicada killers: native wasps that are only a minor nuisance, and are considered to be beneficial. Identification Dead cicada […]

Register Now for Our August Spotted Lanternfly Webinar – Credits Available!

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is hosting a series of webinars to educate the green industry and environmental groups about Spotted Lanternfly. Organized as quarterly updates, these free webinars will provide attendees with the most current information about this invasive pest. Dates: Spring Update: 5/18/22 (Archive) Summer Update: 8/17/22 (Register now! bit.ly/MDARSLFWebAug22) Fall […]

EAB Update for July 2022

Emerald ash borer remains a pest of concern throughout the state. Since our last update in February 2022, 7 new municipalities in 4 different Massachusetts counties have been confirmed to have emerald ash borer. The communities are as follows: Bristol County: Dartmouth Lakeville Franklin County: Northfield Middlesex County: Burlington Worcester County: Blackstone New Braintree Paxton […]

Surveying for Spotted Lanternfly

What’s being done about the spotted lanternfly found in Massachusetts last summer?

Register Now for Our May Spotted Lanternfly Webinar – Credits Available!

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is hosting a series of webinars to educate the green industry and environmental groups about Spotted Lanternfly. Organized as quarterly updates, these free webinars will provide attendees with the most current information about this invasive pest. Dates: Spring Update: 5/18/22 (Register now! bit.ly/MDARSLFWebMay22) Summer Update: 8/17/22 Fall Update: […]

Spotted Lanternfly and Nursery Stock

Please see below for an important message from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources: TO: Nursery and Landscape IndustryFROM: Taryn LaScola-Miner, Director of Crop and Pest ServicesDATE: April 12, 2022REGARDING: Spotted Lanternfly Last year, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (“MDAR”) detected populations of the invasive pest known as spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) in multiple […]