Mosquitoes are more than just an annoyance for the itchy red bites they leave on our skin. They increasingly raise the prospect of spreading deadly diseases normally not found in the USA, experts warn.
A TALE OF TWO SCHOOL DISTRICTS Last year Gregg Smith’s pesticide bill was $5 for a can of wasp freeze. And that’s for the entire Salt Lake City, Utah, school district—36 schools serving nearly 24,000 students.
After the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug caused $37 million in losses to fruit growers in the Mid-Atlanticregion, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted the emergency use of the insecticide dinotefuran and a new product that contains azadirachtin and pyrethrins, for agricultural purposes only.
Eight posters on sustainable lawn care and 15 posters on low-input, sustainable plants for the landscape are now available to download. This project is a collaborative effort with the Community IPM Working Group of the Northeastern IPM Center and University of Maryland Extension. The downloadable posters link will take you to a page requesting contact information and how you are going to use them.
Biblical Egypt had to weather insect plagues of lice, flies, and locusts. Those seem like a collection of gnats compared with what Pennsylvania's woodlands have survived the last several decades: tides of longhorn beetles, gypsy moths, stinkbugs, woolly adelgids, and Sirex woodwasps.
Here is a link to a video on You Tube explaining how to make (or order) a stink bug trap. These insects are seasonal (fall and spring), nuisance pests for homeowners. Pesticides are NOT recommended for control in homes and buildings. http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/brown-marmorated-stink-bug
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – There is still time to register for a workshop on school grounds best management practices using cost-effective and environmentally friendly methods being held by Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Pennsylvania IPM Program in Pittsburgh July 7.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – A new video describing the importance of native pollinators in Pennsylvania has recently been posted on YouTube. Produced by Penn State’s Dr. Ed Rajotte and Dr. David Biddinger, “Native Pollinators: A Promising Solution to an Emerging Crisis”, describes the decline of honey bees and the role other native pollinators play in pollination of crops. It depicts the efforts of Penn State’s Center for Pollinator Research, NRCS and the Xerces Society in researching the most effective native pollinators and assisting growers by planting pollinator habitats in farms and orchards in Pennsylvania.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Christmas tree growers and agricultural crop producers from across the state can find the latest pest and pest management information by dialing the Pennsylvania IPM Program’s 1-800 PENN IPM toll-free hotline (814-863-9393 out of state).
To highlight the vital role that pollinating insects play in Pennsylvania's agriculture industry, state officials today broke ground on a pollinator garden at the Department of Agriculture's headquarters in Harrisburg.
They know where to find you. And you can't escape. These tiny menaces aren't enemy micro-drones. They're a more old-fashioned assailant.
Reducing the use of pesticides in and around schools is attracting attention of parents, school facilities managers, administrators and lawmakers alike. Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Pennsylvania IPM Program are offering a workshop in Pittsburgh on July 7 to help schools manage pests using cost-effective and environmentally friendly methods.
A four-year quarantine on firewood, lumber and nursery stock failed to stop the spread of an Asian beetle that is threatening the state's $25 billion hardwoods industry, officials said. The restrictions have now been lifted.
WASHINGTON – To better protect children, pets and wildlife, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced todaythat it is moving to ban the sale to residential consumers of the most toxic rat and mouse poisons, as well as most loose bait and pellet products. The agency is also requiring that all newly registered rat and mouse poisons marketed to residential consumers be enclosed in bait stations that render the pesticide inaccessible to children and pets. Wildlife that consume bait or poisoned rodents will also be protected by EPA’s actions
WORCESTER, Mass., June 7, 2011 – Researchers from the U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station and Penn State University will join forces to place 500 traps for Asian longhorned beetles (ALB) in the communities of Worcester, West Boylston, Boylston, Shrewsbury, and Holden, Mass., in early June.
As invasive forest pests such as emerald ash borer and Asian long-horned beetle decimate forests they never should have seen, scientists are investigating ways to slow the introduction of new insects that may be just as devastating.
After a half-century of relative inactivity in the U.S., bedbugs returned in the late 1990s. Nationwide, 95 percent of pest-control companies have treated an infestation in the past year. A decade ago, it was just 22 percent.
Winter losses of honeybees impacted by still-unexplained die-offs remained about the same as the previous five years, but the level still concerns keepers in Pennsylvania.
University research on new agricultural technologies and sustainable practices benefits US farmers who are focused on increasing economic and environmental sustainability and also farmers in developing countries who strive to produce increased yields for food insecure communities.
Penn State continues to battle the two primary diseases threatening the landmark American elm trees on its University Park campus, but crews also have begun planting new varieties of trees to replace those elms lost during the past several years on the Allen Street Mall area.