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.
The IPM Practitioner's 2013 Directory of Least-Toxic Pest Control Products is now available online.
It is that time of year when we spend more time indoors. This can lead to more clutter, which can provide a perfect winter home for pests. Signs of infestations include: droppings, gnaw marks on baseboards, holes chewed in materials, and shredded paper stashes in corners or behind/under appliances and fixtures.
In this issue . . . Slugfest in Field Crops: New Project to Battle Pests; Uninvited Guests: Mice; Online Training Emphasizes Safe Child Cares; Updated Pest Fact Sheets Now Available; IPM Directory Available; International Degree Spawns Student Seminars; Useful Websites; Upcoming Events
As wicked cold temperatures blanket the region, many bugs search for a warm, cozy place to survive the winter. While some — such as the noisy and often clumsy brown marmorated stink bug — are easy to spot, others can be quite discrete as they find places to hide inside a house. Enter the flea.
Scientists and biotechnology companies are developing what could become the next powerful weapon in the war on pests — one that harnesses a Nobel Prize-winning discovery to kill insects and pathogens by disabling their genes.