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November 19, 2014

Want to know why your cucumbers are producing flowers but no fruit? It could be that your flowers are only male. Can’t for the life of you figure out what those white spots on your squash plants are? A new app called PlantVillage may be able to help.

November 18, 2014

It is as astonishing as it is sad to watch a ladybug turn into a zombie. Normally ladybugs are sophisticated and voracious predators. A single individual may devour several thousand aphids in a lifetime.

November 18, 2014

A group of Penn State entomologists working on a bio-pesticide for locusts and houseflies has found its product also works on bedbugs.

November 18, 2014

People seeing the spotted lanternfly for the first time are struck by its sometimes-flashy appearance. But don't let its colorful, butterfly-like veneer fool you, caution entomologists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

November 17, 2014

PHILADELPHIA—The bed bug may be just as dangerous as its sinister cousin, the triatomine, or “kissing” bug. A new study from Penn Medicine researchers in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics demonstrated that bed bugs, like the triatomines, can transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease, one of the most prevalent and deadly diseases in the Americas. Like the “Kissing” Bug, Bed Bugs Can Transmit Deadly Parasite Via Feces.

November 14, 2014

Agricultural businesses and pesticide applicators in 18 counties can dispose of unwanted pesticides safely and easily in 2015 through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s CHEMSWEEP program.

November 5, 2014

Feeding honey bees a natural diet of pollen makes them significantly more resistant to pesticides than feeding them an artificial diet, according to a team of researchers, who also found that pesticide exposure causes changes in expression of genes that are sensitive to diet and nutrition.

November 4, 2014

Since 2002, millions of native ash trees across the country have died because a tiny beetle named Emerald Ash Borer was accidentally imported from China in packing crate wood. Emerald Ash Borer was first detected in Pennsylvania in 2007 in the Pittsburgh area and has since spread to 55 of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania leaving dying and sometimes dangerous trees in its wake.

October 28, 2014

Scientists have long known that DEET, the gold standard of insect repellents for more than six decades, effectively repels mosquitoes, but now researchers in the Walter Leal Lab at the University of California, Davis, have discovered the exact odorant receptor that makes DEET effective.

Farmers around the world, like these in India, increasingly use mobile devices for information to help them grow food, a trend that PlantVillage developers are capitalizing on.  Image: CGIAR Climate
October 23, 2014

David Hughes understands, maybe better than most, the devastating effects a plant disease can have on crops and the people who rely on them for food and income.

October 22, 2014

Millions of young children across the country spend a large portion of their day in child care settings, but pests and pesticide use in these facilities can increase their risk of health problems such as allergies and asthma.

October 20, 2014

The October edition of our new monthly newsletter is now available and contains articles on child care IPM training, web-based school IPM curriculum, managing food in the classroom and dealing with mice and other pests.

October 13, 2014

What do pests and plastic toys have in common? Both are environmental hazards that are commonly encountered in child care settings.

Justin Merriman, president of PA Vegetable Growers Association, holds a normal asian pear and one that has been fed on by stink bugs at his farm, Shenot Farm in Wexford on Friday, October 10, 2014.
October 13, 2014

They don't make fruit and vegetables inedible as some insects do, but stink bugs can turn a beauty of an apple or berry or ear of corn into a beast destined for food processing.

October 6, 2014

Fall is the time of year when furry little creatures, such as mice, are looking for a warm place to eat and sleep. Mice are small gray, black or brown rodents with a light colored belly and large ears.

October 6, 2014

Food in the classroom… It can bring joy to children’s faces, or elicit groans from teachers and custodians alike. The United States is currently undergoing a food revolution in its schools.

Delmy Orellana-Baires and Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch
September 29, 2014

PA IPM's Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch, latino community outreach coordinator, and Delmy Orellana-Baires, nutrition educator with Nutrition Links, Chester County Cooperative Extension, provided over 2,000 attendees health information on asthma, bed bugs and other topics in Spanish.

September 24, 2014

Over 3,000 people registered for a recent webinar on bed bugs hosted by the StopPests in Housing Program of the Northeastern IPM Center. The webinar, “Lowering Costs with an In-House Bed Bug Prevention and Management Plan," is available at StopPests' website.

September 16, 2014

Got stink bugs? If so, the federal government is asking you to count them over the next month beginning today. The smelly pests wreak havoc on crops and freak out homeowners when they come inside at this time of year looking for a warm place to spend the winter.

September 16, 2014

An international team of researchers has designed decoys that mimic female emerald ash borer beetles and successfully entice male emerald ash borers to land on them in an attempt to mate, only to be electrocuted and killed by high-voltage current.