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.
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.
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.
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.
Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day! We'd appreciate it if they'd leave our structures alone! Here are some management tips.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WPSU intern LIndsay Jordan attended Penn State’s Great Insect Fair held earlier this fall and files this report.
Marvin Thompson knew he faced a difficult task when he was hired last year as principal at John McDonogh High School in New Orleans. "The day that I pulled up to this building, I thought it was condemned," Thompson says. The structure, built in 1898, was sagging and leaky and missing entire window panes. Inside, students were underperforming academically. And then, there were the rats. Thompson and his two children didn't even finish unpacking his office before they discovered that problem.
Taking the Bite out of the Holidays is a charitable effort sponsored by BedBug Central that is offering free bed bug services to those in need who are suffering from bed bug infestations and do not have the means to better their situation this holiday season. Applications will be accepted through 12/9/2013.
On the first of November, when Mexicans celebrate a holiday called the Day of the Dead, some also celebrate the millions of monarch butterflies that, without fail, fly to the mountainous fir forests of central Mexico on that day. They are believed to be souls of the dead, returned.
It’s no secret that bed bug infestations are increasing in the United States. With more and more bed bug stories making headlines, anxiety levels are increasing. There are a number of bugs mistaken for bed bugs, causing people to jump to conclusions and panic.