Insect pests cause billions of dollars in damage each year and they spread numerous dangerous diseases. If professionals attempting to control pest insect species had information about when those species reached the developmental stages at which they are most vulnerable to control measures, management efforts could be more economical, more effective, and less damaging to nontarget species and the environment.
To provide such a resource on a nationwide scale, the USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN) developed its “Pheno Forecast” maps. The program provides daily maps and forecasts for target pest species that forest managers and integrated pest management professionals can use to optimize their pest-control efforts. The program presently focuses on pests of woody species, but plans are in development to expand the program to include other categories of insects.