AMHERST, Mass. — University of Massachusetts researchers and Extension specialists have joined forces with USDA APHIS researchers to monitor for and develop effective tools to detect the spotted lanternfly, in collaboration with other state and federal agencies in Massachusetts. The goals of this integrated research and extension project are to test novel attractants (lures) and traps to improve detection of this invasive insect.
To date, UMass researchers have not yet detected spotted lanternfly at any of the locations they are monitoring in Massachusetts. However, we need to remain vigilant because it is clear that this insect is an excellent hitchhiker and capable of moving great distances with our accidental help.
Keep your eyes open! Be on the lookout for this invasive insect in Massachusetts and report anything suspicious immediately to the MA Department of Agricultural Resources at: https://massnrc.org/pests/slfreport.aspx
SAVE THE DATE!
August 31, 2021 (10:00 AM – 11:30 AM) FREE grant funded Spotted Lanternfly Trapping Update from UMass webinar!
To register, go to: https://ag.umass.edu/
This research, monitoring, and free webinar are made possible by funding support from the UMass Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment’s Integrated Research and Extension grant program.
Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program
For more articles out of New England, click here.