October 15, 2019
MAA Members,

In our last edition, we thought we were saying farewell to summer but it seems those summer temperatures have been lingering. We hope you are all keeping cool even as the leaves begin to fall.

Thank you to those of you who joined us at our Day of Safety and Health, co-hosted by Maryland Occupational Health and Safety (MOSH), on September 11, 2019 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, MD. It was a very successful event that we plan to continue next year. If you have suggestions for future topics, please let us know!

Also, mark your calendar for our 39 th Annual Safety and Pesticide Recertification Seminar. The 2020 event will be held on January 21 & 22 at the Turf Valley Conference Center in Ellicott City, MD. Topics include: What's going on with the Oaks? High Voltage, Hazard Communications, pruning, rope gear and maintenance, podiatry for healthy feet and many more.

If you haven’t done so already, “like” us on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest information and articles of interest for our membership. 

Stay Safe!

Lindsay Thompson
MAA Executive Director
(443) 262-8491
Thank You to our White Oak Sponsors
Sugar Maple Sponsor
Are you looking to be a 2020 sponsor?
Email office@mdarborist.com to get more information.
Spotted Lanternfly Being Sprayed in Northern Maryland
The Maryland Department of Agriculture is spraying to kill Spotted Lanternflies at multiple sites in the northeast corner of Cecil County and along the northern border of Harford County.

Secretary Joseph Bartenfelder said, "due to its potentially devastating effects on the agriculture industry, treating for this invasive insect now is critical to controlling its spread in Maryland and protecting our state's agriculture commodities."

The USDA will work to treat Ailanthus altissima, more commonly known as tree-of-heaven, within a quarter-mile radius of where the insects were seen. Spotted Lanternflies prefer to feed on this tree and the tree helps them with reproduction.

For the full story, click here.
IPM Report
The University of MD Extension office continues to publish their the weekly IPM Report. Take a look at the bulletin for timely information. If you would like to be added to the distribution list, contact Suzanne Klick: sklick@umd.edu

MAA & MOSH Fall Safety Event
Thank you to all those you attended our 2019 Day of Safety and Health Event this past September. We had over 80 attendees gather at Howard County Fairgrounds, where they gained a stronger understanding on workplace hazard assessment, chainsaw safety, DOT compliance, first aid and much more.
Aphid Outbreak and Midge Larvae
Two common predatory midges are Aphidoletes aphidimyza which feeds on aphids, and Feltiella spp. which are great predators of spider mites.

Aphidoletes aphidimyza larvae feed on over 60 species of aphid. The larvae are most commonly noticed on plants in mid-late season that are infested with aphid. Adults are nocturnal and feed on honeydew excreted from phloem feeding insects. Aphid midges are susceptible to a range of pesticides. To control infestations, it is best to wait and let other insects feast on the aphid populations.

For more information, visit this link.
New LTE's - Congratulations!
Congratulations to the individuals who passed the September and October LTE   exam:
David Angell
Nicholas Bowen
Brendon Brown
Charles Carter Jr.
Carmen Chlada
Joseph Collinson
Matthew Curtin
Jordan Diehl
Todd Gribling
Austin Grove
James Martin
Jason Pauley
Donald Quinn-Jacobs
George Smith
Gabriela Velasquez
Allison Valenzia
Daniel Zeriselassie
According to the newest ANSI Z-133-2017 employers shall provide employees protection against the effects of noise exposure when sound levels exceed an 8-hour time weighted average of __ decibels (dB). (Clue – See Sect 3.3)

                               A: 65 dB - Conversation in a restaurant
                              B: 75 dB - Vacuum cleaner
                               C: 85 dB - Food blender
                               D: 95 dB - Power mower
                               E: 105 dB - Farm tractor
It's Starting to Cool Off - Tips to Prepare
Workers can prepare for cold outdoor work by doing the following:
  • Wear sufficient warm and dry clothing
  • Bring an extra set.
  • OSHA recommends workers wear at least three layers of clothing when working outside in winter weather.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothing - it can restrict blood circulation
  • Cover your face and mouth
  • Cover your head and ears with a hat - keeps body heat in
  • Wear insulated gloves and boots
  • Stay hydrated

For more tips, visit this website.
Tree Care Industry Association Expo
November 6th through 9th in Pittsburgh, PA you are welcome to attend TCI Expo.

To learn more, click here.
Avant Demo Day
Come on out November 12th, starting at 10 AM to see equipment in action. You are able to chat with factory reps, see comparisons side-by-side, all while enjoying food.

The event will be located at 3282 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21227. Register today by using the link below!
A Day of Arboriculture - Expanding Your Horizons - November 16, 2019 - Washington, DC
“A Day of Arboriculture” is an annual event planned and coordinated with the U.S. National Arboretum’s ISA Certified Arborist staff. The event takes place at the Arboretum towards the end of the year and will assist ISA Certified Arborists and MD Licensed Tree Experts earn 8 CEUs.

To learn more, click here .
Pest Management Conference
At Carroll Community College in Westminster, learn more about pest management on December 6th!

To learn more, click here.
Biocontrol Conference
In Linthicum Heights, Maryland attend the Biocontrol Conference. December 17th go to the Maritime Institute to learn more.

To learn more, click here.
Arborist Certification Course - December 9-11, 2019 - Charlottesville, VA
MAC-ISA’s three-day course has been designed to assist tree care professionals and other professionals who wish to become ISA Certified Arborists. It has been developed to help prepare individuals for the ISA certified arborist exam, which is usually scheduled the day after the course. The course content is consistent with the Arborist Certification Study Guide (2010 edition) and the domains of the exam.

To learn more, click here.
2020 Winter Seminar
We will be hosting our 39th Annual Safety and Pesticide Recertification Seminar January 21st and 22nd at Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center in Elliott City, Maryland.

If interested in being a vendor please email office@mdarborist.com.
2020 Pesticide and Fertilizer Recertification Conference
On February 13th in Rockville, Maryland get recertified for pesticide and fertilizer application.

To learn more, click here.
Maryland Licensed Tree Expert exams are administered on the second Wednesday of each month at the Department of Natural Resources Headquarters in Annapolis. Upcoming exam dates are November 13 and December 11, 2019. To register and for more information please visit this page.