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August 4, 2014

Fortunately for all of us who live and work in the U.S., insect-borne disease is not rampant in our country. But this isn't something to take for granted either, as we have seen this summer with the rapid spread of the chikungunya (chik-un-GOON-ya) virus throughout the Caribbean.

August 4, 2014

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) numbers are up in most Pennsylvania and Maryland locations, and late blueberries and blackberries are at risk. Commercial SWD lures are supposed to last only 4 weeks and should be changed out soon.

July 30, 2014

What man breaks, man can fix … at least, that’s what we like to think. Consider, for example, bees. Bees of all species are dying off in the US and Europe and over the last few years we’ve seen the commercial beekeeping industry decimated by a syndrome called colony collapse disorder (CCD).

July 30, 2014

The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) has released an online training video, called "Integrated Pest Management and Health Inspections".

July 25, 2014

What’s the difference between a good bug and a bad bug? Kids and parents participating in the Migrant Education Summer Camp at Southwark Elementary, South Philadelphia recently found out from Michelle Niedermeier, community IPM coordinator for PA IPM.

July 22, 2014

Ordinarily, mosquitoes are little more than a mild irritant during hot summer months. But because they can transmit West Nile Virus (WNV) to humans and pets, people should learn more about the virus, take steps to avoid being bitten, and eliminate mosquito-breeding areas.

July 22, 2014

An invasive fly that can cause problems for late-season fruit growers has been found for the first time this year in Pennsylvania. Three males of the spotted wing drosophila, or SWD, were trapped in Adams County near the beginning of July, according to Penn State’s Fruit Times newsletter.

July 16, 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.

July 7, 2014

Maryann Frazier loves bees. That’s why she kills them. Frazier, a Penn State senior extension associate with the university’s Center for Pollinator Research, is part of a team of scientists studying the effects of pesticides on honeybee colonies.

July 2, 2014

The White House on Friday announced a federal strategy to reverse a decline in the number of honeybees and other pollinators in the United States — a threat that affects billions of dollars' worth of crops.

July 1, 2014

They're pesky creatures that always seem to ruin your backyard summer barbecue, but now researchers say they're closer to figuring out why. Experts say mosquitoes could be more attracted to you for a number of reasons, but believe the answer could be in your DNA.

July 1, 2014

The bats Ted Williams demanded, with their 25 growth rings per inch, came from the Allegheny Mountain forests that unfurl in all directions from this flyspeck Warren County town. So did the wide-grain models Pete Rose preferred and Dick Allen's 40-inch, 40-ounce wagon tongues.

July 1, 2014

After a long winter, summer finally has arrived. And with the new season comes the activity of pollinators -- birds, bees, butterflies and more.

July 1, 2014

Malaria parasites alter the chemical odor signal of their hosts to attract mosquitos and better spread their offspring, according to researchers, who believe this scent change could be used as a diagnostic tool.

June 27, 2014

Big box stores and major garden centers across the U.S. and Canada have been selling consumers plants labeled "bee-friendly" that have actually been treated with pesticides known to be toxic for bees, according to a report released Wednesday.

June 18, 2014

Honey bees are valuable pollinators of fruits, vegetables and nut trees. Since 2006, beekeepers across the U. S. have been reporting a phenomenon called "Colony Collapse Disorder" (CCD) in which the adult bees simply disappear from the colony hives.

June 16, 2014

When farmers grow vegetables organically, they need to figure out how they will get rid of weeds and pests. Many remove the weeds mechanically with cultivators, but it is also very common to use black plastic row cover fabric which blocks the weeds from growing and helps retain moisture from drip irrigation, too.

June 11, 2014

In 2014, the Northeastern IPM Center awarded $300,000 for research and outreach through IPM Partnership Grants, a competitive program supported by funds from USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The projects include efforts to stop invasive insects, increase IPM knowledge among Latinos in urban and agricultural settings, and alleviate food deserts.

June 10, 2014

West Nile virus is making its annual summer pilgrimage to the Keystone State. According to the Pennsylvania West Nile Virus Control Program, Centre County is one of three spots that have had positive tests come back so far this year.

June 9, 2014

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