By: Rebecca Konopka
Carter County Extension Agent
The Carter County Extension Service is working with the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology to assist with two invasive insect studies. We are looking for volunteers to participate in these citizen science study projects focused on the spongy moth (formerly known as the gypsy moth) and the spotted lanternfly. Both of these insects pose a hazard to Kentucky’s timber industry and could make life miserable for infested areas.
Spongy moth has been monitored and managed through the Slow the Spread program in Kentucky for some time. More information about spongy moth can be found at https://tinyurl.com/35estpr4. Volunteers will be provided with 2 hours of education that will focus on invasive species, the effects of spongy moth on Kentucky, how to hang the trap and take it down, and how to use an app that will assist in data collection. This training will be provided via Zoom on three different days – May 18 (6:30-8:00 pm), May 20 (1:00-2:30 pm), and June 2 (6:30-8:00 pm). Volunteers will only need to attend one of the sessions. Spongy moth traps will need to be hung by June 15th, checked at least once in July, and removed and returned in August.
For spotted lanternfly volunteers will be asked to log when and where they see tree of heaven in the state. More info on spotted lanternfly is available at https://tinyurl.com/2vw6hzm9. The spotted lanternfly training zooms will be on May 24 (1:00-2:30 pm), June 1 (6:30-8:00 pm), and June 6 (6:30-8:00 pm).
The sessions will focus on invasive species biology, specific information on each of the pests, what we’ll be monitoring for, and how to accomplish the job. There should be about 30 minutes each time for questions and answers.
If you would be interested in helping with one or both projects, please contact us at 474-6686 and let us know which zoom date works best for you.
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