Insect Identification and Control

Information on insect identification and control, including leafminers, spiders, mosquitos, mites, beetles, ticks, cockroaches, termites, wasps, hornets, slugs, earwigs, grubs, aphids, lanternflies, weevils, maggots, centipedes, stinkbugs and IPM.

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Are Home Remedies a Good Solution? Penn State Extension Says No!
Are Home Remedies a Good Solution? Penn State Extension Says No! - Articles Articles
Many home remedies can be found on the internet, but are they the best choice? More
Asian longhorned ticks are can be found on deer and other wildlife, as well as livestock and companion animals.
Asian Longhorned Tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis - Articles Articles

Asian Longhorned Tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis

Erika Machtinger, Michael J. Skvarla

The Asian Longhorned tick is a recent invasive tick to Pennsylvania. This tick can be found on wildlife and on livestock. It is important to be aware of the presence of this tick and to implement prevention and control measures when necessary. More
Figure 1. Soybean cyst nematodes females (yellow arrows) and nodules (white arrows) on soybean roots. Photo credit: Penn State Department of Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology Archives, Penn State University, Bugwood.org
Plant Parasitic Nematodes Explained - Articles Articles

Plant Parasitic Nematodes Explained

Adriana Murillo-Williams, Alyssa Collins, Ph.D., Paul D. Esker

Have you noticed a decline in yield without a clear explanation? It could be due to plant parasitic nematodes. More
Spotted Lanternfly Permit Training
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Spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that can damage many crops. Learn best practices to stop its spread. Complete this training to receive permits from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA). More
Spotted Lanternfly Grape Pest Alert
Spotted Lanternfly Grape Pest Alert - Articles Articles

Spotted Lanternfly Grape Pest Alert

Heather L Leach, Michela Centinari, Ph.D.

This fact sheet provides identification, damage, quarantine, and management information for the spotted lanternfly, an invasive sap-feeding planthopper that feeds on the vine trunk, shoots, and leaves of grape plants, among other crops. More
Keep your permit in your vehicle. Photo: Emelie Swackhamer, Penn State
How to Get a Spotted Lanternfly Permit From the PA Department of Agriculture - News News
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) is requiring Pennsylvania businesses to get spotted lanternfly (SLF) permits. More
Adult spotted lanternflies. Photo Credit: E. Smyers
Spotted Lanternfly Management for Homeowners - Articles Articles

Spotted Lanternfly Management for Homeowners

Heather L Leach, Dave Biddinger, Ph.D., Grzegorz (Greg) Krawczyk, Ph.D.

A guide that reviews the identification, life cycle, current distribution, and techniques for managing spotted lanternfly on your property. More
Volunteers from Penn State's Fruit Research and Extension Center help prepare holes for planting grapevines at Manatawny Creek Vineyard in Berks County, the location of the research. Image: Erica Smyers
Lanternfly's Penchant for -- and Potential to Harm -- Grapevines Focus of Study - News News
Penn State researchers are studying how feeding damage caused by the spotted lanternfly affects grapevine health and the quality and quantity of the fruit. More
Spotted Lanternfly egg cases. Credit: Nancy Bosold
Spotted Lanternfly Nymphs will be Hatching Soon - Articles Articles
Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is a new invasive insect that has spread throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania since its discovery in Berks County in 2014. More
Spotted lanternfly empty egg cases. Photo: Emelie Swackhamer, Penn State
Spotted Lanternfly Permits for Transporting Goods - News News
The spotted lanternfly permitting process is new in the Pennsylvania quarantined area for business, government, and other organizations. More
Spotted lanternflies captured on a sticky band. Photo: Emelie Swackhamer, Penn State
Spotted Lanternfly Management: Placing Sticky Bands on Trees - Articles Articles
This article summarizes one method of capturing and killing spotted lanternfly (SLF): placing sticky bands on trees. More
Spotted Lanternfly: Volunteer Banding Program
Spotted Lanternfly: Volunteer Banding Program - Videos Videos
This presentation describes how volunteers should place bands on trees and enter their data. More
Spotted Lanternfly: Management Options through the Seasons
Spotted Lanternfly: Management Options through the Seasons - Videos Videos
This webinar discusses the options you have to control spotted lanternfly based on the life cycle of the insect through the year. More
Spotted Lanternfly: Living with the Quarantine
Spotted Lanternfly: Living with the Quarantine - Videos Videos
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has enacted a quarantine order in counties that are infested with the spotted lanternfly. More
Spotted Lanternfly: Research Update
Spotted Lanternfly: Research Update - Videos Videos

Spotted Lanternfly: Research Update

Julie Urban

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A lot of scientific research is being done to increase our understanding about how the spotted lanternfly behaves and what management methods might be effective. More
Identifying Tree-of-Heaven and Some Native Look-a-Likes
Identifying Tree-of-Heaven and Some Native Look-a-Likes - Videos Videos
Tree-of-heaven a preferred host of the invasive insect, the spotted lanternfly (SLF.) The tree is used to help monitor for SLF and also as a “trap” trees to help control SLF populations. More
Sclerodermus Latreille
Sclerodermus Latreille - Articles Articles

Sclerodermus Latreille

Michael J. Skvarla

Sclerodermus are small wasps that can become pestiferous and sting people when they attack wood-boring beetle larvae that have infested wooden structures and furniture. More
Perdue Announces Emergency Funding for Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania
Perdue Announces Emergency Funding for Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania - News News
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced $17.5 million in emergency funding to stop the spread of the spotted lanternfly in southeastern Pennsylvania. More
Jalysus wickhami. Photo © John Rosenfeld
Spined Stilt Bug - Articles Articles

Spined Stilt Bug

Michael J. Skvarla

Spined stilt bugs are an occasional pest of greenhouse tomatoes that can cause flower and fruit abortion and unsightly feeding damage in mature fruits. More
Yellowmargined leaf beetle (YMLB) adult. Photo: Michael Skvarla, Penn State
Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle Serious Pest in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles

Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle Serious Pest in Pennsylvania

Michael J. Skvarla, Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D.

Yellowmargined leaf beetle (YMLB) (Microtheca ochroloma) is a serious pest of cruciferous crops. More
Spotted lanternfly on apple in Berks County, PA in October 2017. Photo: Erica Smyers, Penn State
Spotted Lanternfly on Grapes and Tree Fruit - Articles Articles

Spotted Lanternfly on Grapes and Tree Fruit

Julie Urban, Dave Biddinger, Ph.D., Ed Rajotte, Ph.D.

Biology, management and slowing the spread of the spotted lanternfly on grapes and tree fruit in the Mid-Atlantic Region. More
What To Do If You Find the Spotted Lanternfly on Your Property
What To Do If You Find the Spotted Lanternfly on Your Property - Articles Articles
This insect is considered a threat to some crops and many people are working to try to prevent it from spreading. More
Photo: Holly Raguza, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Spotted Lanternfly: Tips for Handling Yard Waste in Quarantined Areas - Articles Articles
To prevent the movement of this insect, avoid moving yard waste such as woody plant debris (fallen trees or branches and tree trimmings) outside the quarantine area. More
Photo: Holly Raguza, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
How You Can Comply with the Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Regulations - Articles Articles
Some tips to help you avoid spreading Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) and be in compliance with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) regulations. More
Spotted Lanternfly IPM Management Calendar
Spotted Lanternfly IPM Management Calendar - Articles Articles

Spotted Lanternfly IPM Management Calendar

Emelie Swackhamer, David R. Jackson, Art Gover

There are various management techniques to consider to destroy or control the Spotted Lanternfly. Learn the recommended methods to use during certain times of the year. More
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