Read about our new webinar on bed bugs for school nurses and other health care providers; silverfish; and sun safety tips including reducing sun exposure, how to apply sunscreen and insect repellents, and minimizing insect bites.
Read about a new bed bug webinar and task force, new manuals on vegetable IPM and organic crop production, natural pest control, green cleaning tips and new labeling from the EPA.
There are more than 4,000 vegetable growers throughout Pennsylvania, planting over 55,000 acres of vegetables. Now these growers have a new tool to reduce pesticides by using predators and other biological controls.
The Asian longhorned beetle, Anoplophora glabripennis, is a wood-boring insect that is capable of destroying 30% of the urban trees in the United States at an economic loss of $669 billion.
Roaches, rodents, and bedbugs. Those are the Big Three for Dion Lerman, who has become an odd sort of celebrity because of the community presentations he gives about how people can manage pests in their homes without using toxic chemicals. Kids call him "the bug guy."
Green Cleaning is often thought of as "low hanging fruit" when facility managers work to "green" their buildings. And what was once quite challenging has become easy because so much work has been done over the years to identify "best practices" and to collate them in succinct "roadmaps", along with third-party programs and product standards, which will take a facility as fast and far as it wants to travel along the green journey.
If you are an organic-crop producer in the Northeast or a farmer interested in transitioning to organic, there is a new resource available to provide the research-based information you need to be successful.
A new bed bug webinar for health care professionals is now available online. The Pennsylvania IPM Program (PA IPM) and the National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC) partnered to create “Bed Bugs: A Healthy Homes and Integrated Pest Management Perspective for Primary Care Providers”.
Use of a class of insecticides, called neonicotinoids, increased dramatically in the mid-2000s and was driven almost entirely by the use of corn and soybean seeds treated with the pesticides, according to researchers at Penn State.
Honey bees use different sets of genes, regulated by two distinct mechanisms, to fight off viruses, bacteria and gut parasites, according to researchers at Penn State and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The findings may help scientists develop honey bee treatments that are tailored to specific types of infections.
Twenty-one Pennsylvania projects will protect the state’s agriculture industry against pest and disease as a result of nearly $2.8 million in funding through the 2014 Farm Bill, Acting Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced today.
In This Issue: Animals in Schools, Spotlight: Spring Insect Pests, EPA’s New Safer Choice Label, School Health and IPM Webinar
Three things almost everyone knows about bees: They make honey, they live in hives, and they can ruin a summer picnic. Not as many people are aware of the crucial role that honeybees play in maintaining agriculture.
It's National Poison Prevention Week 2015 (March 15-21) and the Poison Prevention Week Council is providing tips to prevent unintentional poison exposure in and around the home.
Finding cleaning and other products that are safer for you, your family, and the environment should be easy — that's why we developed our new Safer Choice label.
A novel strategy to enhance genome editing promises to increase the efficiency of making genetic improvements in a wide range of organisms, a new study suggests.
In this issue you will find articles on asthma, the leading cause of school absences and parent absences from the workforce; cockroaches, learn to identify cockroaches and manage them safely; and improving air quality in schools.
Bed bugs infestations are on the rise in urban areas across the country, but one city is taking steps to control this growing problem. The Philadelphia Bed Bug Task Force held its first organizational meeting recently, including representatives from apartment associations, realtors, supportive housing, the Philadelphia Health Department, the Philadelphia Street Departments, pest control operators, landlords and residents.
Last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists in Philadelphia intercepted two insect species that were never before recorded in the U.S., plus a third one that has never been recorded in the Philadelphia area.
Winter is a cold and windy season and this year is no exception. But people aren’t the only ones looking for a warm place to stay. Pests are looking for shelter, too, as well as water and food sources. This is a great time of year to practice IPM techniques to keep pests from becoming a problem in your school or child care facility.