A local startup’s Big Idea has won $25,000 from Ben Franklin Technology Partners. Nina Jenkins of Penn State’s Department of Entomology and her business partner, Giovani Bellicanta, have developed a patent-pending, nontoxic, bio-pesticide that successfully removes and further prevents bed bug infestations in homes and hotel rooms.
As warmer weather is heating up the frozen winter ground, brown marmorated stink bugs are beginning to emerge. Susan Hyland, Master Gardener coordinator with the Penn State Cooperative Extension of Schuylkill County, said Wednesday that they can be pests but are not harmful and might be found in your home during the winter when they hibernate.
Gardeners may have gotten a helping hand from Old Man Winter this season as the cold temperatures may have a positive effect in limiting bugs and plant disease for this coming growing season.
With temperatures slowly increasing, we all start to think about the wonderful fresh produce that comes along with warmer, longer days as more and more people are looking for local sources to purchase the season's bounty. One of the ever increasingly popular ways to do so is through Community Supported Agriculture or CSA. Now you can search for a CSA near you using an online map recently developed by Penn State Extension. You can access the map at extension.psu.edu/Lehigh under "Spotlight" or go to http://tinyurl.com/csamap15.
One of agricultural biotechnology’s great success stories may become a cautionary tale of how short-sighted mismanagement can squander the benefits of genetic modification. After years of predicting it would happen — and after years of having their suggestions largely ignored by companies, farmers and regulators — scientists have documented the rapid evolution of corn rootworms that are resistant to Bt corn.
Two Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences graduate students have been awarded fellowships from the U.S. Borlaug Global Food Security Program. Maggie Douglas, a doctoral student in entomology and international agriculture and development, and Katie Tavenner, a doctoral student in rural sociology and women's studies, received the fellowships to support their international research projects.
If you were hoping that this winter's freezing temperatures had sent the hated stink bugs packing, you are out of luck. Turns out, they have the good sense to come in from the cold. "I would be nice to think that winter killed them," said Stanton Gill of the University of Maryland Extension, where he specializes in integrated pest management. "But I doubt it. They are good at finding places to hunker down."
UNIVERSITY PARK - You run into the other room while Billy plays on the kitchen floor with his toys. You are gone for just a few minutes. When you return to the kitchen you find that he has gotten into the cabinet under the kitchen sink, where you store the products you use around the house. The cabinet doors are easy for Billy to open because they are at his level and they aren’t locked. Billy’s excited because he found a bottle with a bright green liquid inside. He’s seen other kids and adults drinking green liquid out of such bottles. He puts his mouth on the bottle and….
Crops genetically modified with the bacterium Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) produce proteins that kill pest insects. Steady exposure has prompted concern that pests will develop resistance to these proteins, making Bt plants ineffective.
A new Penn State project will help Spanish speaking mushroom growers increase their pest management skills through culturally appropriate IPM outreach education and training programs in Spanish.
Brown marmorated stink bugs cause millions of dollars in crop losses across the United States because of the damage their saliva does to plant tissues. Researchers at Penn State have developed methods to extract the insect saliva and identify the major protein components, which could lead to new pest control approaches.
This spring, you may see and smell fewer of those foul stink bug pests, and you can thank the polar vortex. The punishing, prolonged blasts of arctic air this January proved too much for most stinkbugs to overcome according to Virginia Tech field researchers.
Female Asian longhorned beetles lure males to their locations by laying down sex-specific pheromone trails on tree surfaces, according to an international team of researchers. The finding could lead to the development of a tool to manage this invasive pest that affects about 25 tree species in the United States.
The California Department of Pesticide Registration (DPR) funded the development of the publication, “Green Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting: A Toolkit for Early Care and Education.”
Everyone wants a healthy environment for our children, but we need to know what environmental conditions or contaminants threaten children in different settings, including child care.
Good indoor air quality is key to maintaining health and reducing incidence of asthma. Some groups within the Latino community have the highest rate of asthma in the nation. PSCIP continues to expand its Healthy Homes and IPM outreach efforts in Latino communities with a variety of trainings, outreach events, meetings and conferences.
Home Depot and Lowe's are under fire for selling pesticides that some believe are partly to blame for killing billions of the nation's honey bees.
Have pest problems? New and updated fact sheets from the Pennsylvania IPM Program provide recommendations for preventing and controlling pest infestations and asthma triggers.
With over 12 million children under the age of five enrolled in child cares in the United States, two Penn State programs are collaborating to give child care professionals the tools they need to provide safe early learning environments for children across the nation and world.
Mice and other rodents are not big fans of the cold, so during the winter months they seek shelter in our homes, sneaking in through cracks and crevices and leaving their tell-tale droppings behind. Give them the boot following these steps.