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National Invasive Species Awareness Week

National Invasive Species Awareness Week (February 26th to March 3rd) is the perfect time to freshen up on the latest information about invasive species of concern in Massachusetts and what to do if you see one. Invasive species can have devastating impacts on our forest and our lives, but there is some hope for the […]

MDAR Pest Alert Newsletter: January 2024

This is the January 2024 edition of the Mass. Pest Alert newsletter, brought to you by the Massachusetts Dept. of Agricultural Resources. Here are the top 4 things to keep an eye out for this month: Subscribe | Unsubscribe |

Invasive Pest Year in Review: 2023

Here’s a look back at the biggest invasive species news in Massachusetts from 2023: If you spot these or any other invasive insects, take a picture and report them on our website.

Register Now for Our February Spotted Lanternfly Webinar – Free Credits Available!

Our next spotted lanternfly webinar is coming up on February 14, 2024. Hosted by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), this quarterly webinar series will provide you with the most up-to-date information about SLF in Massachusetts. The February session will feature a presentation from US Forest Service Research Entomologist Dr. Melody Keena about temperature […]

MDAR Pest Alert Newsletter: December 2023

This is the December 2023 edition of the Mass. Pest Alert newsletter, brought to you by the Massachusetts Dept. of Agricultural Resources. Here are the top 4 things to keep an eye out for this month: Subscribe

Invasive pests in the winter months

As the cold weather settles in, insects seem to disappear from the landscape, but you may still stumble across a few as you go about your day. Here’s what four invasive species do over the winter: 1 and 2. Emerald ash borers and Asian longhorned beetles spend the winter as larvae inside trees. You might […]

MDAR Pest Alert Newsletter: November 2023

This is the November 2023 edition of the Mass. Pest Alert newsletter, brought to you by the Massachusetts Dept. of Agricultural Resources. Here are the top 4 things to keep an eye out for this month: Subscribe | Follow us on Twitter @masspests

Spotted Lanternfly Environmental Assessment Available for Comment

The USDA recently completed an updated environmental assessment for the control of spotted lanternfly, and is now seeking public comments. The assessment documents the USDA’s review and analysis of environmental impacts associated with the Spotted Lanternfly Cooperative Control Program. Comments are due by December 11, 2023. Details can be found in the Federal Register.

Massachusetts Box Tree Moth Map Now Available

A map of Massachusetts municipalities with confirmed populations of box tree moth is now available on MDAR’s Pest Dashboard. The caterpillar of this invasive pest feeds primarily on boxwood shrubs (Buxus spp.). Learn more about box tree moth, and report any finds on our invasive pest website.

MDAR Pest Alert Newsletter: October 2023

This is the October 2023 edition of the Mass. Pest Alert newsletter, brought to you by the Massachusetts Dept. of Agricultural Resources. Here are the top 4 things to keep an eye out for this month: Subscribe | Follow us @masspests