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Asian Longhorned Beetle specimens

Invasive Insect Certification Program

This three-day program looks at the characteristics of invasive insects, the impacts and costs they have regionally and nationwide, and highlights the biology, ecology, and identification of some of the most destructive insects. This includes (but is not limited to) the Asian longhorned beetle, cynipid oak gall wasp, emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, hemlock woolly adelgid, winter moth, and more. State and federal regulations pertaining to invasive insect management will be discussed, as well as invasive forest and agricultural insects in Massachusetts along with warnings about potential newcomers. Management of invasive insects as a part of landscapes will be presented along with strategies to prevent human assisted movement of these organisms. Integrated Pest Management will be the focus, highlighting cultural and mechanical management options along with the use of biological control.

Participants may receive a certificate in INVASIVE INSECT MANAGEMENT upon the successful completion of all three sections and a passing score on associated online quizzes following each class. Participants not interested in a certificate may also attend all three days, or individually, without taking the associated quiz. Attendees are encouraged to take all three sessions in one season to get the most out of the information.

The three sessions are presented as follows:

Part 1: The Impacts and Costs of Invasive Insects: 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM. Four pesticide contact hours for categories 35, 36 and Applicators License available.

Part 2: Invasive Forest and Agricultural Insects in Massachusetts: Current and Future: 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM. Three pesticide contact hours for categories 35, 36 and Applicators License available.

Part 3: Management of Invasive Forest and Landscape Insect Pests: 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM. Three pesticide contact hours for categories 35, 36 and Applicators License available.

Download printable agenda for the complete 2017 Invasive Insect Certification Program

To check for currently scheduled sessions refer to our Educational Events listing.

For additional information, contact the UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program at (413) 545-0895 or eweeks@umext.umass.edu.