The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is moving to ban the sale of 12 D-Con mouse and rat poison products produced by Reckitt Benckiser Inc. because these products fail to comply with current EPA safety standards.
If Jeremy Barnes had his way, everyone would have at least one bee hive. A shortage of honeybees caused retail prices per pound of honey to increase annually for the last seven years. But beyond the growing cost of honey, Barnes focuses on the bigger picture, which includes the need for more pollination of fruit, vegetables and other crops. "Our environment is so toxic," said Barnes, a member of the York County Beekeepers' Association, of orchards and farm fields that are sprayed with pesticides and herbicides that kill bees.
New food safety and security regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will mandate producers adopt certain practices to reduce microbial contamination of fresh produce.
A recent report from the White House recommended that more of a focus be placed on Integrated Pest Management and the reduction of overall pesticide use. The full report is available at this link.
A new method for monitoring the decline in bee populations may prove a useful tool in much-needed conservation efforts. It requires only a few hundred pan traps: bright shallow bowls partly filled with soapy water or propylene glycol.
University of Maryland entomology professor Michael Raupp says the stink bug population could soar this spring and summer - much like it did in 2010.
The EPA is proposing to clarify the substances on the minimum risk pesticide ingredient list and the way ingredients are identified on product labels. Minimum risk pesticides are a special class of pesticides that are not subject to federal registration requirements because their ingredients, both active and inert, are demonstrably safe for the intended use.
Farm families, agribusiness workers and visitors who want to get an up-close look at livestock and the latest in farm products will want to attend the 97th annual Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Boston health officials say new city data indicate that asthma incidences have dropped nearly by half since 2005. That is when the housing authority teamed up with the Boston Public Health Commission to reduce the number of roaches and rodents, while reducing the use of pesticides, which, along with roach and rodent droppings, can aggravate asthma symptoms.
A free ten-part IPM training program designed for child care and early learning environments is now available. The PowerPoint set presents a step-by-step approach to improving management of pests and reducing pesticide risks.
A plant may start to prime its defenses as soon as it gets a whiff of a male fly searching for a mate, according to Penn State entomologists. Once tall goldenrod plants smell a sex attractant emitted by true fruit fly males, they appear to prepare chemical defenses that make them less appealing to female flies that could damage the plants by depositing eggs on them, the researchers said.
How quickly we forget. After the publication of “Silent Spring,” 50 years ago, we (scientists, environmental and health advocates, birdwatchers, citizens) managed to curb the use of pesticides and our exposure to them — only to see their application grow and grow to the point where American agriculture uses more of them than ever before.
The Peterson Farm Brothers present “Farmer Style,” a parody of PSY’s “Gangnam Style.” Please enjoy, share with your friends, and remember to thank a farmer for your food!
In the rain forests of Costa Rica lives Anelosimus octavius, a species of spider that sometimes displays a strange and ghoulish habit. From time to time these spiders abandon their own web and build a radically different one, a home not for the spider but for a parasitic wasp that has been living inside it.
In the following video, Ohio State University's Susan Jones discusses recent research findings relating to the use of 'bug bombs' to control bed bugs.
AAPS new "Policy Statement on Pesticide Exposure in Children" calls for national action to address "inadequacies in medical training, public health tracking and regulatory action on pesticides."
An unsuspecting worker ant in Brazil's rainforest leaves its nest one morning. But instead of following the well-worn treetop paths of its nest mates, this ant stumbles along clumsily, walking in aimless circles, convulsing from time to time.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are alerting the public to an emerging national concern regarding misuse of pesticides to treat infestations of bed bugs and other insects indoors.
As bedbugs have made a comeback, aided by resistance to pesticides and spread by worldwide travel, scientists have found that panic over the blood-sucking pests may be more dangerous than their bite. Some people are misusing poisonous chemicals in a desperate bid to eradicate the pests, federal officials said Thursday.
"And don't let the bed bugs bite" is no longer a harmless adage. In reality today, these bloodthirsty bugs infest thousands of homes. According to a team of Penn State entomologists, biopesticides -- naturally occurring microorganisms -- might provide an answer to this pest problem.