Here in Penn’s Woods, residents are treated to a nighttime serenade of buzzing, chirping and other sounds from nature as summer slips away. According to Entomologist Greg Hoover of the Penn State Cooperative Extension, many people incorrectly attribute this nightly noise to cicadas.
Read about about IPM in Latino communities, bed bugs, head lice, new nursery tree certifications, honey bees, and more in this edition.
Bedbug infestations are on the rise, but savvy travelers know how to stop the pests from spoiling holiday trips.
Head lice season has begun—the time of year when millions of creepy, crawly itchy bugs take up residence in kids’ scalps. A parent's immediate reaction to a lice epidemic might be to head to the drugstore for a fine-tooth comb and an over-the-counter remedy. But one biologist begs you to reconsider.
Avril Lavigne is the latest celebrity to reveal being felled by Lyme disease. After months of withering fatigue, the Canadian singer-songwriter was finally diagnosed with the tick-borne illness and now expects a full recovery. Those who take longer to be diagnosed are often less fortunate.
The School IAQ Assessment app provides you with a “one-stop shop” for accessing guidance from EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit with proven strategies for specifically addressing important issues such as ventilation, cleaning and maintenance, environmental asthma triggers, radon, and integrated pest management.
If you want to hang out with a bunch of bees, you'd better be prepared for a little pain. Mario Padilla, a honeybee researcher at Penn State University, can usually tell when his hives are getting agitated. But he's already been stung three times today. And he's about to get it again.
When you think IPM, you might first picture agriculture, crops, and turf. Or perhaps insect biology and behavior. However, there's an important human component: the social and cultural factors in the relationship between people and pests.
Recently, when I stepped outside after dark, I was surprised to see what a busy place my garden was -- especially the milkweed plants I have let spread along a fence.
Honey bees pollinate about a third of the crops in the U.S—that’s about $15 billion of the agricultural economy. But honeybees have had a tough time lately: a combination of diseases, stress, parasites and pesticides have all hurt the honey bee population.
Fruit tree viruses cost growers and producers thousands of dollars each year, and increased expenses often get passed down to the consumer. New standards to test for viruses in fruit trees and small fruit in nurseries will help combat these rising costs.
The dog days of summer are upon us, the sultry time when the rainfall diminishes and the temperatures rise, the corn stalks tower and the tomatoes finally turn fat and red on the vine.
Families and youths accustomed to attending Penn State's Great Insect Fair each fall will need to adjust their schedules. For this year at least, the popular annual event will leave the Bryce Jordan Center and instead will be part of the 2015 Ag Progress Days expo, Aug. 18-20.
Horticultural experts across Pennsylvania say the Spotted Lanternfly is of particular concern here because they feast on grapevines, apple trees, stone fruit trees, and pine trees, all of which are big business in the Keystone State.
Not all bugs are bad. Some gardeners/yardeners hit the panic button when they see things crawling on plants, assuming that bugs will eat the entire yard if given half a chance. And so out comes the sprayer to treat the whole yard.
The beginning of July is a good time to start searching for the first male adults of spotted wing drosophila. Growers with late sweet cherries and sour cherries as well as blueberries and black raspberries should pay very close attention to possible movement of this pest into their plantings.
Many residents in Pennsylvania and neighboring states are getting "ticked" about an insect that has made its presence known in a big way this spring and summer. But this bug is not a species of eight-legged arthropod known to carry Lyme disease and other pathogens.
"If we can understand the genetic and physiological mechanisms that allow African bees to withstand parasites and viruses, we can use this information for breeding programs or management practices in U.S. bee populations," said Christina Grozinger, director of the Center for Pollinator Research at Pennsylvania State University.
A few pest insects have appeared in higher-than-expected numbers this year, but tree fruit growers in the Mid-Atlantic have otherwise been facing familiar disease and bug issues.
Bees do more than just sting, make honey and buzz. In fact, these insects have a proven positive effect on our ecosystems. A national strategy was created to save honeybees and other pollinators because of this impact and Penn State Brandywine is now an important part of the movement.