News On Vermont Invasives

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Monday, June 23, 2014

The wasps we’re most familiar with — paper wasps, yellow jackets, hornets — are all social wasps. They live in a colony with one queen, a few male drones and hundreds or thousands of female workers, depending on the species. They work as a unit for the benefit of all. Ninety percent of wasp species, however, live solitary lives, with every female not only laying eggs, but also constructing the...

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Many of Vermont’s best-loved trees face serious threats from invasive pests that have destroyed millions of trees in some states. One of the most troubling is the emerald ash borer, a deadly forest predator which has no known, effective treatment. The insect hasn’t yet reached Vermont, but the state is getting ready for it.

Friday, May 30, 2014
PUTNEY, Vt. -

The ridgeline atop Putney Mountain is being invaded by a fast moving plant-- the buckthorn.

"It sets little berries in the fall and the birds eat the berries and distribute them here and there and everywhere," said Claire Wilson of the Putney Mountain Association.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Vermont Invasive Patrollers (VIP), a volunteer monitoring program of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC), provides a critical line of defense against invasive species that threaten our lakes and ponds.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is a small, aphid-like insect that is covered with white, waxy wool-like material. This insect, which came from Japan in the 1950s, causes deterioration of infested trees, including loss of needles, crown thinning, and tree death.


Over the coming weeks, entomologists at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry will release...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The emerald ash borer (Agrilus plantipenis), a recent insect immigrant to North America carried in with the wooden packing material of imported goods, is projected to cause over a billion dollars in damages annually over the next decade. International standards now require expensive fumigation or heat treatment of wood pallets and crates to prevent the inadvertent import of new wood boring...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

(TRENTON) – New Jersey Department of Agriculture officials today confirmed that the emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive beetle that attacks and kills ash trees, has been found in Somerset County.

A landscaper investigating unhealthy trees in a retail area in Bridgewater last week alerted the Department.  Inspectors took samples and insect larvae were sent to the U. S. Department...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Don’t be alarmed to see someone with a hard hat walking around the street or in the neighbor’s backyard using binoculars to look up into trees.

State crews supported by the United States Department of Agriculture are in town, inspecting for the infamous Asian longhorned beetle.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

New research at Michigan State University shows that the uber-destructive emerald ash borer arrived at least 10 years before it was first identified in North America.

The study, published in the current issue of journal Diversity and Distributions, shows that EABs were feasting on ash trees in southeast Michigan by the early 1990s, well before this pest was discovered in 2002, said Deb...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

by Clara MacCarald

Garlic mustard may be unfairly scapegoated as a major threat to our native forests. Garlic mustard is very visible compared to some other threats, explained Victoria...