• September 04, 2020 9:10 AM | Anonymous

    “Tree traps are relatively easy to install, and they can be a good option for residential landscapes,” said Heather Leach, extension associate in entomology. “But it’s critical for homeowners to install them correctly and monitor them frequently.” And this from Penn State on same topic.

    This 10 minute video is a good basic primer on SLF, with IPM management tips at the end. From the videographer Andrew Conboy: Andrew is an amateur videographer who aims to spread awareness about environmental issues and increase public interest and literacy in the sciences. He received his BS at Chestnut Hill College in 2018, and a MA in Biology at Lehigh University in 2020.

  • August 27, 2020 6:17 PM | Anonymous

    The Department has opened up September 16th and September 23rd to hold Commercial Applicator (Core) exams.

  • August 20, 2020 1:15 PM | Anonymous

  • August 18, 2020 8:15 AM | Anonymous

    UMass Green School is going VIRTUAL for 2020! 

    Classes will be Oct. 26 - Dec. 10.

    This comprehensive 12-day certificate short course for Green Industry professionals is taught by UMass Extension Specialists, University of Massachusetts faculty, and guest presenters.

  • July 25, 2020 9:32 AM | Anonymous

    TickTalk webinars continue at Univ of Mass Amherst: Extinction of Deer Ticks in North America, Aug 12 12noon

    Dr. Stephen Rich will discuss a recent publication in Nature (June 2020) from the Laboratory of Medical Zoology that provides insight to the evolutionary and ecological origin of the primary Lyme disease vectors in North America

  • July 13, 2020 11:18 AM | Anonymous

    New InsectXaminer on Willow Leaf Beetle from UMass Amherst Extension

    The imported willow leaf beetle was first reported in the United States in 1911 in Staten Island, NY. This invasive insect is native to Europe and prefers willow (Salix spp.) but has also been recorded on poplar (Populus spp.)

  • July 09, 2020 6:48 PM | Anonymous

    At the July Board of Directors meeting tonight it was decided to suspend the 2020 Mike Stacy Memorial Scholarship Golf tournament.  This decision was an extremely difficult one, but understandable given the current circumstances.  As this golf tournament is the only fundraiser for our scholarship fund, we are hoping to host a fundraiser later this year.  Details to follow. 

  • July 09, 2020 3:08 PM | Anonymous

    The Department is pleased to announce that it will begin opening dates to hold exams for new exam applicants.  Individuals should be able to begin signing up for new exams beginning tomorrow.  The exams will be held at the Colonial Inn in Gardener under a covered tent. Safety precautions will be sent to the examinees ahead of time so that they can be prepared when coming to the exam site. Please be aware that space is still limited, but the Department is continuing to work on an online exam process.  Additionally, we will be adding some additional dates for the beginning of August.  I understand how frustrating this whole process has been and I appreciate everyone’s patience during this time.  Safety of examinees and Department employees has been our priority when organizing this.  I will continue to provide you with updates when we have them.  Please feel free to share this with others.  Thank you

  • July 08, 2020 1:59 PM | Anonymous

    July 13 @ 11:00 AM

    Registration link:

    The Asian longhorned tick is a threat to companion animals, livestock, and potentially also to wildlife. Join Dr. Dina Fonseca and Matt Bickerton to learn more about the biology, ecology, and vectorial capacity of this tick species.

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