Invasive species such as Asian longhorned beetles and emerald ash borers, which often arrive as infestations in wooden packing crates, are a growing problem in the United States. A Penn State collaboration is developing a new heat treatment program for solid wood packaging materials to help prevent these kinds of destructive pests from reaching our shores.
Bees are back in the news this spring, if not back in fields pollinating this summer's crops. The European Union (EU) has announced that it will ban, for two years, the use of neonicotinoids, the much-maligned pesticide group often fingered in honeybee declines.
If you are looking for one of the world's most mysterious insects to return en masse to the Altoona area, you are going to have to wait several more years. Residents of 17 Pennsylvania counties soon will see an emergence of periodical cicadas, commonly - but mistakenly - called 17-year locusts.
Pest problems have plagued South Asia’s vegetable production for many years, but thanks to a collaboration between Penn State and other researchers, an important vegetable pest has all but been eliminated from Bangladesh.
One of the world's most mysterious insects is about to invade the skies over wooded areas in eastern Pennsylvania and other states, but an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences says it's not a cause for alarm.
Just beyond the front door of the Montessori School at Five Canyons, a square glass-walled foyer is brimming with verdant houseplants in clay pots. This lush tableau provides a fitting transition between the world outside and the carefully controlled atmosphere within, where child care director Meher Van Groenou has made environmental health one of her top priorities.
Bees do it -- pollinate crops, that is -- but there are fewer and fewer buzzing around and doing that important agricultural work in Pennsylvania and the rest of the nation.
The return of warmer weather means more ticks potentially hitching a ride on people and pets and an increase in Lyme disease cases.
Recently the Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management (PA IPM) Program at Penn State was awarded a grant by the Northeastern IPM Center to increase risk management skills of English and especially Spanish speaking/Hispanic members of the mushroom farm community through IPM.
A series of professional development lessons that promote safer and healthier indoor environments in child cares are available online through the Penn State's Better Kid Care Program.
If you provide affordable housing, now is your chance to protect the value of your property and the health of your staff and residents. Sign up for consulting about IPM from the StopPests in Housing Program.
The PA IPM Program at Penn State's educational efforts in the Latino community continues as the group recently partnered with EPA Region III to talk about pests, pesticides, children's health and bed bugs at the Isaac Sheppard Elementary School in Philadelphia.
Scientists are sharing their cutting-edge knowledge in the battle against bed bugs in multifamily housing in a series of videos produced by Rutgers University.
There's a battle taking place at the Penn State Fruit Research Extension. On one side is the Brown-Marmorated Stink Bug, on the other, Penn State researchers hoping to stop it.
If the early returns from veterinary hospitals are any indication, it’s shaping up to be another big year for ticks in Centre County. And when the eight-legged pests are thriving, it’s bad news for just about everyone else.
With populations of wild and domesticated pollinators, such as honeybees, in decline, some of the world's foremost scientists in the field will converge on Penn State this summer to discuss the latest research aimed at understanding and overcoming challenges to pollinator health.
You've been craving more sunlight and warmer temperatures for months, right? And now that spring-like weather finally has arrived, you feel your energy returning? Well, so do the stink bugs. And while we got a bit of a break last spring from emerging hordes of the brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys, bug experts say that 2013 just might be the Year of the Stink Bug.
Duane Charles knelt to study a clump of earth and compare it with soil in his field at home. “Mine’s drier,” said Charles, of East Donegal Township, Lancaster County, Pa. Charles was at a recent cover crop field walk put on by Penn State Extension in Lancaster County.