Scientists have long known that DEET, the gold standard of insect repellents for more than six decades, effectively repels mosquitoes, but now researchers in the Walter Leal Lab at the University of California, Davis, have discovered the exact odorant receptor that makes DEET effective.
David Hughes understands, maybe better than most, the devastating effects a plant disease can have on crops and the people who rely on them for food and income.
Millions of young children across the country spend a large portion of their day in child care settings, but pests and pesticide use in these facilities can increase their risk of health problems such as allergies and asthma.
The October edition of our new monthly newsletter is now available and contains articles on child care IPM training, web-based school IPM curriculum, managing food in the classroom and dealing with mice and other pests.
What do pests and plastic toys have in common? Both are environmental hazards that are commonly encountered in child care settings.
They don't make fruit and vegetables inedible as some insects do, but stink bugs can turn a beauty of an apple or berry or ear of corn into a beast destined for food processing.
Fall is the time of year when furry little creatures, such as mice, are looking for a warm place to eat and sleep. Mice are small gray, black or brown rodents with a light colored belly and large ears.
Food in the classroom… It can bring joy to children’s faces, or elicit groans from teachers and custodians alike. The United States is currently undergoing a food revolution in its schools.
PA IPM's Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch, latino community outreach coordinator, and Delmy Orellana-Baires, nutrition educator with Nutrition Links, Chester County Cooperative Extension, provided over 2,000 attendees health information on asthma, bed bugs and other topics in Spanish.
Over 3,000 people registered for a recent webinar on bed bugs hosted by the StopPests in Housing Program of the Northeastern IPM Center. The webinar, “Lowering Costs with an In-House Bed Bug Prevention and Management Plan," is available at StopPests' website.
Got stink bugs? If so, the federal government is asking you to count them over the next month beginning today. The smelly pests wreak havoc on crops and freak out homeowners when they come inside at this time of year looking for a warm place to spend the winter.
An international team of researchers has designed decoys that mimic female emerald ash borer beetles and successfully entice male emerald ash borers to land on them in an attempt to mate, only to be electrocuted and killed by high-voltage current.
If you happen to see a lot of bugs crawling around the Bryce Jordan Center, they aren't going to be calling any exterminators because it's Penn State's Great Insect Fair! Penn State PhD Candidate Lauren Quevillon fills us in on the educational infestation, including her special research subject "zombie ants"!
For the past few years, folks in Pennsylvania have heard reports from Midwestern states of continuous corn growers struggling to control populations of western corn rootworms that developed resistance to some Bt corn varieties.
Having trouble with pests in your greenhouses and high tunnels? Interested in learning more about using biological control to manage them?
Traps placed on trees located on the border of woods and the first row of orchards, which rarely collected any stink bugs for most of this season, now are indicating larger populations of brown marmorated stink bug nymphs and adults.
Why are pollinators so important to our daily lives? Find out at Penn State's Great Insect Fair, taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 13, at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus.
Mosquitoes infected with the bacteria Wolbachia are more likely to become infected with West Nile virus and more likely to transmit the virus to humans, according to a team of researchers.
Animals can provide important opportunities for entertainment and learning. However, there is also a risk for getting sick or hurt from contact with animals, including those in school and daycare classrooms.
Some western corn rootworms in central Pennsylvania may have developed resistance to a widely used genetic modification in corn, making good management a pressing issue as growers strive to maintain the effectiveness of the trait.