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Browntail Moth Awareness Month: Free Webinar

February 2, 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The University of Maine One Health Initiative will be hosting a free and virtual webinar relating to the browntail moth on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 3:30 p.m. Topics include the University of Maine’s BTM research.

No registration is required; join by using this Zoom link. Passcode: 269053.

To draw increased attention to the risks presented to humans by the browntail moth (BTM), the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry announced February as Browntail Moth Awareness Month. Winter is the best time to spot, clip and destroy the caterpillars lying dormant in their winter webs. Web removal prevents more caterpillars from emerging, thus reducing the risk of toxic hairs, which can cause poison ivy-like rash and asthma-like reactions in humans. BTM has been in an outbreak phase since 2015, and the rash- and itch-causing pest cannot be eradicated. Comprehensive BTM tools and tips and data-informed resources compiled by the Maine Forest Service, Board of Pesticides Control, Maine Center for Disease Control, the University of Maine, and other partners, including research, infestation tracking, FAQs, and educational materials for communities, municipalities, businesses, and healthcare providers, are available on

Click here for additional information on BTM Awareness Month events.




February 2, 2023
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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