Turf-Damaging Insect Workshops

Accurate identification of turf-damaging pests is the first step toward effective, integrated management. Knowing the target pest is key to understanding the biology and life cycle, determining threshold levels for damage, and making informed and responsible control decisions.

You don't want these little pests taking up residence in your turf.

UMass Turf Entomologist Pat Vittum will lead a half-day session focusing on the identification of turf insect pests common in the Northeast. Insect categories covered will include white grubs, weevils, chinchbugs and billbugs, caterpillars, and crane flies.

Lecture material will be coupled with hands-on examination of specimens and IPM considerations such as threshold levels will be highlighted.

Two identical sessions will be offered:

Date #1: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Date #2: Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Time: 8 a.m. to noon (attendee check-in will begin at 7:45 a.m., and the program will start promptly at 8)

Location: Agricultural Engineering Building (3rd Floor), 250 Natural Resources Road, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003

Four pesticide contact hours have been approved for Massachusetts categories 37 (turf), 32 (sod), the applicator's license (00). Contact hours are valid for equivalent categories in all New England states.

For complete information, including instructions for how to register online or by mail, visit: http://extension.umass.edu/turf/upcoming-events

Or contact Mary Owen at 508-892-0382, mowen@umass.edu; or Jason Lanier at 413-545-2965, jdl@umass.edu