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February 13, 2014

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.

February 13, 2014

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.

February 13, 2014

The IPM Practitioner's 2013 Directory of Least-Toxic Pest Control Products is now available online.

February 11, 2014

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.

February 10, 2014

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

February 10, 2014

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.

January 29, 2014

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.

January 28, 2014

Slugs are one of the most challenging pests faced by no-till field crop growers in the Northeast, but a new Penn State project is looking to contain these pests while benefiting the environment.

Bee feeding larva in the hive Image: Maryann Frazier/Penn State
January 28, 2014

Four pesticides commonly used on crops to kill insects and fungi also kill honeybee larvae within their hives, according to Penn State and University of Florida researchers. The team also found that N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) -- an inert, or inactive, chemical commonly used as a pesticide additive -- is highly toxic to honeybee larvae.

January 27, 2014

As far as historian Etienne Benson can determine, the nation’s great squirrel experiment began in 1847 in Philadelphia, when three of the plucky rodents — a wildlife novelty at the time — were released into Franklin Square.

January 21, 2014

Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day! We'd appreciate it if they'd leave our structures alone! Here are some management tips.

January 15, 2014

“Dear Diary...” We’ve had some fun: We collected pages from the private diaries of pests and turned them into an annual report. We invite you to get to know some of the pests we face and learn about the Northeastern IPM Center’s role in supporting IPM solutions.

January 14, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 300,000 Americans contract Lyme disease annually, with the number of tick-borne infections growing. WPSU-TV’s next installment of "Conversations LIVE" examines the treatment and prevention of Lyme disease. Joining host Patty Satalia are Steve Jacobs, Meryl Littman and Barbara Ostrov, all subject experts.

January 9, 2014

Amanda, 6, poses in her Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment. Amanda's mother, Rossana de la Cuadra, has had mold in the bathroom of the apartment on and off for most of the 14 years that she's lived there. She believes the mold may be a contributing factor Amanda's asthma. Rossana de la Cuadra and Jose Santos are fighting their landlord to provide an asthma-safe environment for their sick daughter.

January 9, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced it is continuing to focus on further development of integrated pest management practices through three new awards in a recurring grant program.

January 7, 2014

Two Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences graduate students are building upon their international experiences by conducting a new graduate seminar series on tropical entomology.

January 7, 2014

As part of a USDA NE SARE grant, Penn State entomology students have created a number of natural enemy videos and posted them to the "Pests and Natural Enemies" YouTube channel.

January 7, 2014

Populations of European corn borer (ECB), a major corn crop pest, have declined significantly in the eastern United States, according to Penn State researchers. The decline suggests that the use of genetically modified, ECB-resistant corn hybrids -- an expensive, yet effective, solution that has been widely adopted by farmers -- may now be unnecessary in some areas.

January 2, 2014

Pests and rodents aren't simply a nuisance - they can severely affect your health and the health of your family. This is why bug and insect prevention is critical in protecting homes, businesses, schools and any other place where human beings live, work or play from a pest infestation.

December 18, 2013

WPSU intern LIndsay Jordan attended Penn State’s Great Insect Fair held earlier this fall and files this report.