UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Fruit tree viruses are very costly to nursery owners, fruit producers, and consumers. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s virus testing certification ensures that fruit trees produced at participating nurseries are being grown using practices that greatly reduce the presence of common viruses.
Something is very wrong with the bees. Since 2006, the mysterious phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder has wiped out countless honeybee colonies throughout Europe and North America, and nobody knows why. But a weird parasite may hold the answer.
One of the nation's most widely planted crops — a genetically engineered corn plant that makes its own insecticide — may be losing its effectiveness because a major pest appears to be developing resistance more quickly than scientists expected.
As the world’s largest food distributor, Sysco has the leverage to do great things. When Sysco began its Sustainability Initiative in 2005 letting buyers know they were buying premium-quality food, “premium” wasn’t about the size or visual appeal of the product. It was about environmental, economic, and social quality at every step of production.
This video shows an old radio that is heavily infested with bed bugs. Thousands of bed bug eggs are seen on the back cover. Electronics that are placed beside sleeping areas can be infested with bed bugs. Travelers should keep alert not to bring bed bugs along with their belongings back home.
When the weather freezes and gardening outside stops, we begin to look indoors to satisfy our need for growing plants. Poinsettias, cyclamen, and Christmas cactus are often the plants chosen for indoor color, but there are other options.
In this issue you will find articles about: - Immigrant Environmental Health Forum Cosponsored by PSCIP - PSCIP Partners Host EPA Director of Children's Environmental Health - New EPA Rules for Toxic Rodent Control Products - PSCIP Expands Latino Outreach via Radio, TV - Philadelphia Childcare Care Directors Featured - PSCIP Annual Meeting Canceled - PSCIP offers IPM Education and Training - Useful Websites and Information
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – Asian longhorned beetle, purple loosestrife and other invasive species are included in the Pennsylvania IPM Program’s video, “BugMobile vs. Invasive Species”, which can now be viewed on the program’s website.
Insect and disease control recommendation sheets are now available from the PDA. Topics include insects and diseases of greenhouse ornamentals, herbs and vegetables, Christmas trees, conifers and woody ornamentals.
The challenge of weeds that have become resistant to glyphosate -- the active ingredient in Round-Up herbicide -- has become an evolving national threat, with new challenges emerging and spreading annually.
Christmas trees are back and so are the critters. Quarantine officers discovered today that three shipping containers sent to Home Depot contained trees infested with various insects, according to a press release.
The Entomological Foundation, a Maryland-based nonprofit organization that educates young people about science through insects, has announced the winners of its 2011 student and professional awards, including several entomologists with ties to Penn State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today took another step in the process to cancel 20 mouse and rat control products that do not adequately protect people, particularly young people, from exposure to toxic chemicals.
Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are part of a new, multi-state project to study the brown marmorated stink bug.
Even in a world where parasites routinely turn insects into zombies, radically altering their bodies and behavior to serve the parasites’ demands, the story of Polistes dominulus and Xenos vesparum stands out for its weirdness.
Forty-seven students from Edgewood Middle School in St. Clair Township, Ohio, reportedly fell ill after the school’s hired pest control company sprayed the herbicide Momentum, which contains the toxic ingredients 2,4-D, triclopyr and clopyralid, on nearby playing fields to treat for clover and other weeds.
PA IPM, with offices located at Penn State University Park, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, offers educational and hands-on training sessions on IPM for diverse audiences in varied environments and settings across Pennsylvania.
In this issue: Tiny Flies (SWD) Attack Crops in PA - Uninvited Guests – Vinegar Flies - PA IPM on Consul of Mexico in Philly - PA IPM offers IPM Education and Training - Stink Bug Monitoring Tool Expands Nationwide - New EPA Rules for Toxic Rodent Control Products - New Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Pub Now Available
Are you being bugged by bugs? Are mice or rats chewing on your last nerve? Maybe you could use some good advice about how to deal with them.
A new pest soon will be bugging Centre County’s fruit growers. The spotted wing drosophila, an Asian fruit fly, has been sighted throughout Pennsylvania and along the East Coast.