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December 11, 2013

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.

December 3, 2013

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.

November 25, 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.

November 18, 2013

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.

November 15, 2013

Queen bees convey honest signals to worker bees about their reproductive status and quality, according to an international team of researchers, who say their findings may help to explain why honey bee populations are declining.

November 14, 2013

The dog owner who brought her terrier mix to the emergency clinic said the animal was covered with bugs. She reported that she and her children, a boy and a girl around 8 and 10, were infested, too.

November 7, 2013

Andy Deans is searching high and low for a 130-year-old insect. He knows it’s around here somewhere — but among the nearly 2 million insect specimens in the collection room of Penn State’s Frost Entomological Museum — the museum’s oldest specimen could be anywhere.

November 7, 2013

The 8th International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah USA from March 23-26, 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Headquarters hotel will be the Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown. Call for program proposal abstracts will be open in early 2014.

October 28, 2013

In this issue . . . Christmas tree scale project reduces pesticide use; Uninvited Guests: Stink Bugs; Pesticide mixtures have damaging effects on bees; PA IPM Coordinator Ed Rajotte on NPR; Children’s health and the environment; Using less pesticides on sweet corn with biocontrols; Useful Websites and Upcoming Events. If you have information you would like to contribute, or would like to be added to our e-mail listserv, please contact Kristie Auman-Bauer, Editor, at (814) 865-2839 or

October 24, 2013

A new stink bug with attitude is heading toward Pennsylvania. As if farmers and homeowners haven't been bothered enough by the brown marmorated stink bug that landed in Pennsylvania in the late 1990s, a smaller but equally pesky bug is making its march toward the state's border, experts say.

Image: Penn State College of Ag Sciences
October 14, 2013

Do combinations of pesticides have varying effects on different species of pollinators? Penn State researchers looked into the typical orchard environment to discover how different insecticides mixed with fungicides affect pollinator species such as honey bees and Japanese orchard bees.

Corn earworm, a major pest of sweet corn (Penn State)
October 14, 2013

Reducing pesticide use around the farm is the goal of an ongoing project targeting one of the most destructive pests of sweet corn. Sweet corn is an important vegetable crop in the United States. Grown on more than 28,000 farms nationwide, sweet corn is the most commonly grown vegetable crop in the United States. In EPA Region III, sweet corn sales bring in more money than any other vegetable crop, with Pennsylvania as the leader in the region.

October 9, 2013

As if the brown marmorated stink bug isn't enough of an uninvited pest for many local residents, the critter's family is expected to arrive in York County this season. The kudzu bug, relatively new to the United States, has "spread like wildfire (along) the Mason-Dixon Line," said Gregory Pettis, owner of Dominion Pest Control.

October 7, 2013

eremy Collins looked at his mom, Ginny Collins, took a deep breath and then headed over to the Insect Bistro. He stood in front of the chocolate-covered crickets for a minute before he picked one up.

September 27, 2013

One beautiful morning I walked out on my deck and low and behold, there was a magnificent orb-weaver spider with a gorgeous web laced with the morning dew. I've always been respectful of our beautiful creatures, but had fear as well.....

September 23, 2013

If you've ever wondered about some of the creepy crawlies you find in your backyard, you may want to attend Penn State's Great Insect Fair. The 20th edition of the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus.

September 18, 2013

Recently, Penn State entomologist Ed Rajotte was featured on NPR’s “On Point” radio show to discuss the global and growing use of pesticides.

September 17, 2013

The Christmas and nursery tree industry in Pennsylvania is under increasing pressure due to an influx of invasive pests, but researchers from the Pennsylvania IPM Program are helping growers gain better control while reducing pesticide applications.

September 10, 2013

Increases in ground-level ozone, especially in rural areas, may interfere not only with predator insects finding host plants, but also with pollinators finding flowers, according to researchers from Penn State and the University of Virginia.

September 5, 2013

The majority of our agricultural crops depend on pollinators, but increasingly they are facing a number of environmental stressors. These stressors and approaches to mitigating their effects were the focus of the 2nd International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy held recently at Penn State.