3D printed hemlock twig key tag showing feeding locations of hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) and elongate hemlock scale (EHS)

The Need: In the fight against invasive species threatening our forests, rapid and accurate identification is paramount. Traditional methods for monitoring pests like the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) and Elongate Hemlock Scale (EHS) can be time-consuming and imprecise, leading to delayed responses and increased damage to ecosystems. There's an urgent need for innovative solutions that streamline detection and monitoring processes while providing actionable data to conservationists and land managers.

The Technology: Our 3D printed hemlock twig key tag revolutionizes pest detection and monitoring. Utilizing advanced 3D printing technology, each key tag is intricately crafted to mimic the exact morphology of a hemlock twig, complete with feeding locations of HWA and EHS. This lifelike replica enhances detection accuracy and efficiency, offering a tangible tool for on-the-ground monitoring efforts. Integrated with GPS tracking capabilities, it provides real-time data on pest distribution, enabling proactive management strategies.

Commercial Applications:

  • Forest Conservation: Facilitates early detection and management of invasive pests, safeguarding hemlock forests and biodiversity.
  • Research and Education: Supports academic research, environmental studies, and educational programs focused on forest health and invasive species.
  • Land Management: Assists landowners, forestry agencies, and conservation organizations in implementing targeted pest control measures.


  • Precision Monitoring: Offers highly accurate detection of HWA and EHS feeding locations, minimizing false positives and negatives.
  • Time and Cost Efficiency: Streamlines monitoring processes, reducing the time and resources required for pest surveillance.
  • Proactive Management: Enables timely intervention strategies, helping mitigate the spread and impact of invasive pests on hemlock ecosystems.

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