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.
In urban areas of Pennsylvania, asthma rates are rising, affecting one out of every ten people. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that, for many individuals, can be controlled by avoiding “triggers” such as cockroaches, mice, certain pesticides and other lung irritants and allergens.
If you haven't seen them crawling around your house, consider yourself lucky. But for those that have Scutigera coleoptrata, or house centipedes, inside of their homes, they can be a big (literally)—and creepy—nuisance.
The genus Magicicada contains the periodical cicadas, known for their 17- or 13-year synchronized life cycles and dense choruses. In 2013, Magicicada Brood II will emerge along the US Eastern Seaboard. This map shows the area of expected emergence.
Springtime means bug time. Michael Raupp, professor of entomology at the University of Maryland, has the story of a big brood of cicadas that is set to emerge up and down the East Coast. We can also expect the largest infestation of stink bugs this year. USDA entomologist Tracy Leskey talks about the bugs with guest host Jacki Lyden.
Nina Jenkins and Matt Thomas of Penn State's entomology department will host the NanoDays Science Café from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at Zola New World Bistro, 324 W. College Ave., State College, Pa. The talk will center on bed bugs and the insects' ties to nanotechnology.
Penn State educators are conducting presentations in Spanish for mushroom growers in Pennsylvania. At a recent meeting in Kennett Square, Pa., Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch, PA IPM’s Latino Coordinator; Mena Hautau, Penn State extension educator; Katie Poppitti, Penn State 4H and mushroom extension educator; David Beyer, professor of plant pathology at Penn State; and other Penn State educators presented topics on personal protective equipment, best management practices and the fundamentals of IPM.
Children attending one summer camp this year will encounter a lot of bugs. But they won't have to pack insect repellent. Young bug enthusiasts can satisfy their curiosity about insects by attending Penn State's Bug Camp for Kids, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 24 to 27.
Pennsylvania has about 300 million ash trees, state officials estimate. And every one of them may die soon. Sometime in the next year or two, almost 370,000 ash trees in Allegheny County -- about one of every 10 -- will die because of infestation by the emerald ash borer.
A snail as big as your foot, an insect the size of chocolate sprinkles and a mold related to the one that caused the Irish potato famine are on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's list of the top pests that threaten America's crops and forestland.
Environmentalists and beekeepers are calling on the government to ban some of the country's most widely used insect-killing chemicals. The pesticides, called neonicotinoids, became popular among farmers during the 1990s. They're used to coat the seeds of many agricultural crops, including the biggest crop of all: corn. Neonics, as they're called, protect those crops from insect pests.
Poison centers answer more than 3.6 million calls each year. That’s one call every eight seconds. According to the American Association of Poison Centers, children younger than 6 years old account for about half of the calls placed to poison centers. What’s more, poison center data reported over 146,000 calls made to poison centers with concerns about exposure to common household pesticides. These figures show the need for everyone to lock up pesticides and household chemicals out of children’s reach – preferably in a high cabinet.
Some people who fell prey to a 2009-2010 outbreak of dengue fever in Florida carried a particular viral strain that they did not bring into the country from a recent trip abroad, according to a fresh genetic analysis conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Bedbugs are a growing public health issue in the United States and around the world, but their resurgence in recent years may have been aided by humans who unwittingly helped the pests evolve numerous ways of thwarting a common insecticide, scientists say.
Pennsylvania fared much better that its Midwest colleagues when it came harvest last year. Greg Roth, Penn State Extension educator, reviewed the 2012 growing season at a March 5 meeting to point out how Pennsylvania harvest responded to weather conditions.
A new dual-title graduate degree program in International Agriculture and Development offered by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has graduated its first two students.
It can take years to breed a new variety of potato, but trials are under way to create hardier crops, experts say. More than 50 commercial potato growers from areas including Schuylkill County, Pa., met recently in North Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pa., to discuss the latest industry news and share ways to grow better crops.