Webinar: UMass Extension’s Invasive Insect Webinar Series - SWD, BMSB & SLF (Free)

10:00 12:10 pm

This is an online event

10:00 – 11:00 AM: The 1-2-3 Approach For Spotted-Wing Drosophila and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Integrated Pest Management in Small Farms
Dr. Jaime Pinero, Extension Associate Professor and Tree Fruit Entomologist, UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Managing the invasive pests spotted-wing drosophila (SWD) and brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) has been a challenge for fruit and vegetable growers. This presentation will discuss the most relevant aspects of SWD and BMSB biology and behavior, effective monitoring tools, and reduced-risk Integrated Pest Management tools, including organic options, that can be implemented by small- and mid-scale growers.

11:10 AM – 12:10 PM: Spotted Lanternfly Monitoring in Massachusetts: Testing Airborne Attractants for Early Detection
Tawny Simisky, Entomology Specialist, UMass Extension’s Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forestry Program, Dr. Jeremy C. Andersen, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Environmental Conservation, Dr. Jaime Pinero, Extension Associate Professor and Tree Fruit Entomologist, UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture, and Dr. Joseph Elkinton, Professor of Entomology, Dept. of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts

This presentation will introduce a 2021 research and extension project that will use airborne attractants and traps for the early detection of the spotted lanternfly in Massachusetts. Ms. Simisky will briefly review the biology, identification, impacts, and monitoring for SLF. Dr. Andersen will introduce an Integrated Research and Extension project to be conducted this season by the presenters. He will also discuss trapping, testing of lures, and eDNA sampling to be completed by the Elkinton Lab at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Pinero will share information about the work and contributions to this project to be completed by the Pinero Lab at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Preregistration is required to access this webinar. Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1205497263816730126

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Join UMass Extension’s Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forestry Program and UMass Extension’s Fruit Program for an exciting FREE series of webinars focusing on the impact, monitoring, and management of invasive insects in Massachusetts and the nation! Topics to include invasive forest pests in MA, spotted lanternfly, the biological control of winter moth, Asian longhorned beetle updates, planned detection surveys in Massachusetts and New England, integrated pest management of spotted-wing drosophila and brown marmorated stink bug and more! There will also be an update about non-native earthworms, close relatives of the insects, which have attracted a lot of attention in recent years. Please note: while participants from anywhere are invited to attend, much of the material presented will be specific to Massachusetts and New England.


Pesticide contact hours

For each day, 2 pesticide contact hours have been requested for categories 25, 27, 29, 35, 36, 48 and Applicators (core) license. 
Additionally, 1 pesticide contact hour for category 37 has been requested for Jan 19.
Pesticide contact hours are available only for the live webinars, not for the recordings. 

Licensed applicators may ONLY receive credit if the following criteria are met:

  • Each pesticide license holder must attend the webinar live and login using their own device. 
  • Pesticide license holders provide their name, mailing address, and company name at the time of registration using a unique e-mail address specific to the person registering.  
  • Each pesticide license holder participates in the webinar and answers poll questions to be administered by UMass Extension throughout each presentation. Questions will be multiple choice or true/false format and based on content discussed in the webinar.
  • Following the webinars, UMass Extension will issue a certificate of attendance confirming the number of pesticide contact hours which will be made out to the name and pesticide license number of the individual who registered for the webinar and participated in the poll questions. Please allow several business days for processing of the certificates.
  • With permission from the speaker, webinars will be recorded and archived. Recorded/archived webinars will not be available for pesticide credit. Pesticide license holders must attend the live webinar for credit. 

*The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires participants to attend a minimum of 50 minutes of educational time for each (1) contact hour or (1) credit. Questions about this requirement? Visit: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/pesticide-applicator-continuing-education-pace-faq.

Association Credits

MCA/MCLPs earn 1 Education Credit for each day, both the live and recorded versions. Submit your request for CEUs using these links:

ISA credits requested.

This FREE series is supported by the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture through grant AM180100XXXXG025. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.