In their latest insect report, David Biddinger and Grzegorz Krawczyk, tree fruit entomologists discuss the timing of pest control applications following petal fall. They cover control options for Codling moth, tufted apple bud moth, brown marmorated stink bug, scale insects, and mites.
Stings from yellow jackets and hornets are becoming an increasing problem for orchard workers who pick fruit and for customers who patronize outdoor farm markets. These wasps, like people, are drawn to ripe fruit and sugary drinks like apple cider.
Apple growers in the Mid-Atlantic States learned—the hard way—the value of biological control using Integrated Pest Management.
For the first time in 45 years, Dave Hackenberg, Pennsylvania's largest commercial beekeeper, will not take his honeybees to pollinate blueberries in Maine.
Honey bees, critical agents in the pollination of key U.S. crops, disappeared at a staggering rate over the last year, according to a new government report that comes as regulators, environmentalists and agribusinesses try to reverse the losses.
We've learned to live with pests such as the gypsy moth and the brown marmorated stinkbug, but one threat we cannot allow to gain a foothold in America is the spotted lanternfly. Unassuming at first, the insect is just an inch long and black, red and white with black spots. While small in size, the insect has the potential to greatly impact our fruit tree, grape and hardwood industries.
Is that a tick on you or on your pet? Are you sure? What kind of tick? Cornell Cooperative Extension has developed a free app called “TickClick” to download to your phone or tablet that will identify whether it is, in fact, a tick, and if so, what health risks are associated with it.
The New England Apple Association has produced a three-part video series on IPM in the apple orchard. This engaging series explains aspects of IPM and makes them accessible to a wider audience.
Spring may have sprung, but on a few recent days, the weather hasn’t made it easy to believe. Even with the frost warnings late last week and unseasonably low temperatures at the start of the week, gardeners say the cool temperatures shouldn’t affect the growing season too much.
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.