Many jurisdictions have already or are considering banning neonicotinoid insecticides for use in managing insect pests of trees and shrubs. We will briefly review information leading to these bans and some restrictions placed on neonicotinoids. We will also review alternatives to neonicotinoids, including new formulated microbials, EPA reduced-risk insecticides and miticides, and insecticides listed for use on trees and shrubs by the Organic Material Review Institute (OMRI). We will address the question of organic pest management in arboriculture.
Dr. Michael Raupp is a professor and extension specialist at the University of Maryland. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rutgers University and his Ph. D. from the University of Maryland. His extension programs provide training to green industry professionals and the general public on the theory and practice of IPM. His research programs focus on global change issues, including invasive species and urbanization. His professional and extension achievements include more than 250 publications and 1,100 presentations. He is a regular guest on NPR and has appeared on all major television networks in the United States as well as several abroad, and he has been featured on National Geographic, the Science Channel, the Lehrer News Hour, BBC, and PBS. His “Bug of the Week” website and YouTube channel are viewed by thousands weekly in more than 150 countries around the world. Dr. Raupp is a fellow of the Entomological Society of America and has received a dozen regional and national awards for excellence in outreach, including the Secretary of Agriculture's Award for Environmental Protection and the Richard Harris Author’s Citation from the International Society of Arboriculture. His most recent book, 26 Things that Bug Me, introduces youngsters to the wonders of insects and natural history, while Managing Insect and Mites on Woody Landscape Plants is a standard for the arboricultural industry.