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Bulletin #56: Help Stop Insect & Disease Invasions

There is plenty of help available to anyone interested in joining the effort to monitor and control insect and disease pests that are impacting urban trees throughout the nation.


Here are two “must have” books for anyone seriously interested in identifying tree pests. Both are nationwide in coverage, highly illustrated and over 500 pages in length. They are published by Comstock Publishing Associates, a division of Cornell University Press. These books are particularly valuable for identifying and learning the life cycles of the pests and tree species associated with each pest. These books do not include control suggestions. For the latter, local sources such as your county extension agent or a reputable arborist are the best places to start.

  • Insects that Feed on Trees and Shrubs by Warren T. Johnson and Howard H. Lyon.
  • Diseases of Trees and Shrubs by Wayne A. Sinclair, Howard H. Lyon and Warren T. Johnson.

Remember: All book purchases made through our link to returns a portion of the sale price to the Arbor Day Foundation to support its educational programs in tree planting and environmental stewardship. Simply go to the Arbor Day Online Books section of this site.

Other Publications

There is a wealth of leaflets and booklets available on every insect and disease, usually published by government agencies. For example, “Pest Alerts” are single-page leaflets covering the major pests currently threatening America’s trees. These are published by the USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry. The annual report by USDA Forest Health Protection scientists is Major Forest Insect and Disease Conditions in the United States.

Copies are available from:

USDA Forest ServiceForest Health Protection
1400 Independence Ave. S.W., Stop Code 1110
Washington, DC 20250-1110


An excellent video was produced as a student project and shown at the 2010 Partners in Community Forestry National Conference. Titled Bugged–The Race to Eradicate the Asian Longhorned Beetle, more information and individual copies in DVD format are available from Producer/Director Emily V. Driscoll.

EAB Webinars

You can keep up-to-date on invasive forest pests, especially the emerald ash borer, by participating in a free series of informational webinars.  For more details and a schedule, visit

Organizations to Consider Joining

Some Excellent Web Links

Organizations and Programs

Specific Pest Information

More Information

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