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September 16, 2014

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.

September 11, 2014

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"!

September 8, 2014

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.

September 8, 2014

Having trouble with pests in your greenhouses and high tunnels? Interested in learning more about using biological control to manage them?

September 3, 2014

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.

August 28, 2014

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.

August 28, 2014

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.

August 25, 2014

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.

August 25, 2014

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.

August 25, 2014

A parasitic fungus that reproduces by manipulating the behavior of ants emits a cocktail of behavior-controlling chemicals when encountering the brain of its natural target host, but not when infecting other ant species, a new study shows.

August 20, 2014

A new study, “Implementing an integrated pest management (IPM) program in child care centers: A qualitative study”, appears in the latest edition of Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Nine licensed child care centers serving low-income children in the Los Angeles or San Francisco Bay Area were chosen to participate.

August 19, 2014

By spotting, collecting and submitting suspected Asian longhorned beetles to experts, Pennsylvanians can help keep the non-native, invasive wood-boring threat to the state’s trees at bay, according to agriculture officials.

August 19, 2014

A parasitic fungus that must kill its ant hosts outside their nest to reproduce and transmit its infection, manipulates its victims to die in the vicinity of the colony, ensuring a constant supply of potential new hosts, according to researchers at Penn State and colleagues at Brazil's Federal University of Vicosa.

August 15, 2014

As the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mulls over whether to rein in the use of common antibacterial compounds that are causing growing concern among environmental health experts, a team of scientists led by Arizona State University Biodesign Institute researchers are now reporting that many pregnant women and their fetuses are being exposed to these substances.

August 12, 2014

As the nation’s 55 million children and 7 million teachers and staff return to the over 130,000 US schools, the national Coalition for Healthier Schools urges schools and communities to ensure that facilities are healthy places for all children. Parents, personnel, and communities can help by sharing a Back to School Toolkit with schools and education departments.

August 8, 2014

With the school year about to start, now is the time to think about providing students a safer and healthier school environment. Students miss about 12.8 million school days annually because of asthma and asthma-related issues, largely contributed to indoor air quality (IAQ).

August 7, 2014

One of the East's largest agricultural expositions is on tap for Aug. 12 to 14, and those who make the trip to Penn State's Ag Progress Days will have no shortage of things to see and do.

August 7, 2014

Midsummer in New York is when things really start to heat up. And as if hot days aren’t enough, the sound of the dog day cicada makes it seem even hotter. Cicadas are robust insects — up to 1 ¼ inch — with piercing mouthparts that suck up plant juices. Cicada nymphs live underground, feeding on sap from roots. Adults, on the other hand, feed from trees and shrubs.

August 6, 2014

As we reported a few weeks ago, soybean aphid is colonizing Pennsylvania soybean fields. Yesterday, we received our first report of fields in central Pennsylvania (Clinton County) with populations of aphids exceeding the economic threshold of 250 aphids per plants—these fields are scheduled to be sprayed.

August 4, 2014

Late blight, the disease that five years ago wiped out much of the tomato crop of commercial and residential growers in the region, has turned up in Cambria and Somerset counties.