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Did You Miss the Emerald Ash Borer Preparedness Workshop?

This past April, the Mass Dept. of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) partnered with the Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to host an Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Preparedness Workshop in Pittsfield, MA. The day-long event provided attendees with an update on the current status of EAB in our state as well as information on the […]

Spotted Lanternfly Update

Spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula, “SLF”) is an invasive planthopper native to Asia that was first discovered in Pennsylvania in September 2014. It has since been detected in New York, Virginia, and Delaware. Thought to have been introduced via shipments of crushed stone, SLF is a threat to grapes, peaches, apples, other hardwood trees, and hops, […]

Where are the ALB now?

With the cold now upon us, adult Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) have since died off, but their life cycle continues unseen.  At this point, the larvae have long since hatched and burrowed into any tree that their eggs were laid on, and that is where the real damage from this invasive insect is occurring. From […]

Seasonal Reminder

With the temperatures dropping, people’s thoughts are turning towards firewood to stay warm.  A recent announcement from USDA reminds citizens of how firewood and woody plant material can serve as a vector for Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). Adult ALB are poor flyers but the larva can remain in wood that may be transported, making human […]

Hey, that’s not ALB! Northeastern sawyer

While keeping an eye out for Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) this season, be aware of the several harmless native lookalike species you may encounter. For example, the northeastern sawyer (Monochamus notatus) strongly resembles the whitespotted pine sawyer and thus is similar to ALB. The northeastern sawyer is our largest native longhorn beetle, about as large […]

It’s Tree Check Month!

Did you know that this August has been officially recognized by the US Department of Agriculture as Tree Check Month? Insects like Asian longhorned beetle and emerald ash borer currently threaten hardwood forests in Massachusetts, and Tree Check Month is the perfect time to check your trees for signs of damage. Take ten minutes of […]

Hey, That’s Not ALB!

It’s that time of year again! Every spring, when outside temperatures start to heat up, we get reports from people concerned that they’ve see the invasive Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB). Luckily, ALB won’t emerge from the trees until July. If you’re seeing big black beetles with long, long antennae in May and early June, they […]

Don’t Move Firewood! Protecting Campgrounds and our Natural Resources

Though it’s cold outside now, the spring camping season is rapidly approaching! While many campers like to bring their own firewood to campsites, the invasive wood-boring insects Asian Longhorned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer make frequent use of firewood to transport themselves to new infestation sites. Worcester has already lost 36,000 trees to date due […]

Looking Back: Forest Pest Awareness Month 2016

Once again in 2016 August was officially declared Forest Pest Awareness month by the governor as part of an effort to raise awareness about invasive insects such as Asian Longhorned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer. Over the course of August, much was done to increase the public’s awareness of these introduced pests. Due to the […]

Emerald Ash Borer Continues its Spread

With the recent detection of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis, “EAB”) in three new municipalities (Boxford, Newton and Wilbraham), the total number of Massachusetts counties impacted by this pest has now risen to six (see Table 1). Emerald ash borer, an invasive wood-boring pest that threatens our forests and urban landscapes, was first discovered in […]