Invasive tree pests can cause severe damage on the urban forest. Tree care professionals in southern California have to routinely deal with the aftermath of invasive shothole borers and goldspotted oak borer infestations, just to name a couple. Lack of timely management results in tree decline and even tree death. Furthermore, infested trees tend to become public safety hazards due to falling limbs.
In this seminar you will learn how to identify signs and symptoms of invasive bark and ambrosia beetle infestations. We will also discuss the principles of integrated pest management and how to implement an IPM program to combat these beetles. We will review the available management options for each pest and when is it appropriate to use each of them and we will cover new methodologies and tips to successfully manage these pests.
1. Learn how to identify the most important emerging tree pests in Southern California
2. Understand best practices and management recommendations for each pest
3. Learn new methodologies and tips to successfully manage emerging tree pests
Beatriz Nobua-Behrmann, Ph.D.
New Tips and Tricks to Protect Trees from Devastating Pests
Dr. Beatriz Nobua-Behrmann is a University of California Cooperative Extension advisor for Orange and Los Angeles Counties, specialized in Urban Forestry. Her research background is in insect-plant interactions. She received her Ph. D. in insect ecology and her B.S. in Biology from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Beatriz’s research and extension program is focused on finding appropriate management strategies for urban forest pests that affect Southern California’s trees, like the invasive shothole borers and goldspotted oak borer.