This six-day webinar series 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, emerald ash borer, Lymantria dispar (formerly 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 (IPM) 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 six webinars (must attend in each webinar in full and answer intermittent poll questions during each) and earn a passing score on associated online quizzes following each class. Participants not interested in a certificate may also attend all the webinars, or individually, without taking the associated quizzes. Attendees are encouraged to take all six sessions in one season to get the most out of the information. This certification series is only offered every other year - the next opportunity will be the fall of 2025.
The Impacts and Costs of Invasive Insects, continued (DAY 2)
9:30 AM Introductions and explanations of quizzes, certificates, and pesticide and association credits.
9:45 AM The Asian Longhorned Beetle in Massachusetts: 2023 Updates from Worcester
Jenny Pezzullo and Daniel Berard, USDA - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
2023 updates from the Cooperative Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication Program in Worcester, MA will be provided, as well as highlights from other national programs. Participants will be reminded what to look out for and who to contact if you suspect you have found an Asian longhorned beetle or the damage they cause. Federal regulations surrounding Asian longhorned beetle to be discussed as well.
10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM The Emerald Ash Borer: Communities Managing a National Pest
David Lefcourt, City of Cambridge Massachusetts
Learn from a tree warden and arborist who has first-hand experience helping Massachusetts communities navigate losing urban forest canopy to the emerald ash borer. Lessons learned and how to manage the high cost while ensuring safe and vibrant greenspace for your city or town.
12:00 PM Closing remarks, credit explanations, quiz reminders/instructions for the quiz assessments for those attending all 6-days of the training and seeking a certificate of completion, and instructions for pesticide CEU’s and association credits.
Pesticide & Professional Credits
Pesticide credits: 2 pesticide contact hour for categories 29, 35, 36, 48 and Applicators License available.
Association credits: 1 MCLP, 1 MCA, and 1 MCH credits. ISA, SAF, CFE credits requested.
Pre-registration is required.