The Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) Dendroctonus frontalis is a forest pest that attacks stands of pine trees in New Jersey. The New Jersey Forest Service has seen a dramatic increase of SPB infestations in Atlantic, Cape May, Ocean, and Cumberlands Counties in 2010.
Report a beetle sighting
Southern Regional office Trenton office
(609) 625-1124 (609) 292-2531
Landowners and SPB
Landowners enrolled in the NJ Forest Stewardship Program (FSP) or the Farmland Assessment Program (FLA) should contact a Consulting Forester for a southern pine beetle evaluation. If the Consulting Forester determines that southern pine beetle populations may affect the stand, the forester will implement suppression and pre-suppression activities to reduce outbreak severity. Contact a Certified Tree Expert to apply an insecticide to prevent SPB in high value trees. Read more about these insecticides.
Landowners not enrolled in these programs that have 5 acres or more of woodland should contact the NJ Forest Service or a consulting forester to enroll. The FLA program provides property tax break incentives and the FSP will provide cost-share of up to 75% for the development of the plan. Both of these programs contribute to proper forest management while providing sustainable forest resources.