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Insects on Real Christmas Trees
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Insects on Real Christmas Trees

Michael J. Skvarla

Most real Christmas trees are free of insects and other arthropods. However, it is possible that some trees may harbor one or more species. 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
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
Magnolia Leaf-Footed Bug
Magnolia Leaf-Footed Bug - Articles Articles

Magnolia Leaf-Footed Bug

Michael J. Skvarla

Magnolia leaf-footed bugs are brown bugs occasionally found on magnolia. They do not pose a risk to human health and do not cause damage to or reduce the vigor of infested trees, but may be nuisance pests. 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
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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
Michael Skvarla, director of the Insect Identification Lab in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, holds a walking stick. Photo by Amy Duke
Penn State Department of Entomology Offers Insect Identification Services - News News
Director of the Insect Identification Lab in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences knows his bugs More
Photo: T. Baugher, Penn State
A Brief Guide to Hand Lenses - Articles Articles

A Brief Guide to Hand Lenses

Michael J. Skvarla

Arthropods, including plant pests and biocontrol agents, are often difficult to identify with the naked eye. More
Older Horse Care
Older Horse Care - Articles Articles

Older Horse Care

Ann M. Swinker

Horse owners need to consider different and special care for the aging horse. More
Begin Your Horse’s Spring Grooming
Begin Your Horse’s Spring Grooming - Articles Articles
Spring grooming of the horse assists in promoting a clean, shiny coat and skin. More
Being Prepared for the Worst: Develop a Health Care Plan for your Horse
Being Prepared for the Worst: Develop a Health Care Plan for your Horse - Articles Articles
When acquiring ownership, you assumed responsibility for the health and welfare of your horse. More
Do Not Toss Yard Waste Over the Horse Fence
Do Not Toss Yard Waste Over the Horse Fence - News News
Yard waste “trimmings” can be toxic to livestock. More
Common Sense Fencing for Horses
Common Sense Fencing for Horses - Articles Articles

Common Sense Fencing for Horses

Laura Kenny, Ann M. Swinker

Safe fencing needs proper planning and installation. More
Brown marmorated stink bug
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - Articles Articles

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Michael J. Skvarla

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) was first collected in September of 1998 in Allentown, but probably arrived several years earlier. More
Fall Leaves In Horse Pastures Can be Toxic
Fall Leaves In Horse Pastures Can be Toxic - Articles Articles
Disposing of fall leaves properly or composting them in an area outside of pastures is an important aspect to horse management. More
Managing a Horse with Laminitis on Grass Pastures
Managing a Horse with Laminitis on Grass Pastures - Articles Articles
Horses prone to laminitis need help when grazing on grass pastures, in the Spring time and early Summer, when grasses grow quickly and lush. More
Nutritional Considerations for Broodmares
Nutritional Considerations for Broodmares - Articles Articles
The success of any breeding program depends partially on correct nutritional management of broodmares. More
When to Blanket a Horse
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When to Blanket a Horse

Ann M. Swinker

Horses have two natural defenses against cold; a long hair coat and a layer of fat beneath the skin. Both provide an excellent means of insulation. More
How to Analyze Feed and Forage Sampling for Horses
How to Analyze Feed and Forage Sampling for Horses - Articles Articles
It has been said that art and science are combined to determine the best feeding program for your horse. The best way to determine the nutritional value of your feed is to have it analyzed. More
Feeding Horses
Feeding Horses - Articles Articles

Feeding Horses

Ann M. Swinker

When you feed your horse, take into account its age, weight, work and growth to determine its diet. More
West Nile Virus - a Threat to Horses West Nile Virus - a Threat to Horses - Articles
West Nile virus (WNV) is the leading cause of arbovirus encephalitis in horses and humans in the United States. More
Equine Insect Pests
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Equine Insect Pests

Ann M. Swinker

Important arthropod pests of horses are flies, gnats, mosquitoes, bots, lice, ticks, mites and blister beetles. More
Horses May Be at Risk of Colic in Cold Weather
Horses May Be at Risk of Colic in Cold Weather - Articles Articles
When it is very cold, horses will reduce their water consumption and be at risk of colic. More
Winter Care for Your Horse
Winter Care for Your Horse - Articles Articles

Winter Care for Your Horse

Ann M. Swinker

With winter approaching, horse owners will need to prepare and conduct a different approach in caring for their horses. More
Rain Rot in Horses
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Rain Rot in Horses

Ann M. Swinker

Rain rot or rain scald, is caused by bacteria and often is mistaken for a fungal disease. The bacteria live in the outer layer of skin and cause crusty scabs. More
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