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Preparing for Pennsylvania Food Code Changes - Part 1 - News News
An important change for Pennsylvania establishments is that the person in charge in an operation must be a certified food protection manager and onsite at all times during operating hours. More
Photo by David Almquist on Bugguide.org, used with permission.
Camphor Shoot Borer (Cnestus mutilatus) - Articles Articles
Camphor shoot borers are an introduced species of ambrosia beetle that attack small-diameter branches and trunks of stressed, weakened, and dying trees. They also accidentally bore holes into plastic gasoline containers, hoses, and tanks. More
Insects on Real Christmas Trees
Insects on Real Christmas Trees - Articles Articles

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
Receiving Home Delivery Meals or Mailing Food, What Should You Do?
Receiving Home Delivery Meals or Mailing Food, What Should You Do? - Articles Articles
While the mail order food industry has relied on a safe track record, there is growing concern with the limited food safety guidance and regulations provided by FDA. 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
Photo by Cpl. U. B. Roberts is in the public domain
Why Can't I Lick the Spoon? - Articles Articles

Why Can't I Lick the Spoon?

Richard Andrew Kralj, M Ed., RDN, LDN

Eating raw cookie dough or raw dough of any type may put you at risk for a foodborne illness! 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
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
Health Benefits of Tomatoes
Health Benefits of Tomatoes - News News

Health Benefits of Tomatoes

05/22/2017

Tomatoes provide unique health benefits. They are full of essential vitamins and fiber. Low in calories, they do not have any fat in them, yet they are full of antioxidants. 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
Rhubarb Love it for its Taste; Eat it for Your Health
Rhubarb Love it for its Taste; Eat it for Your Health - Articles Articles

Rhubarb Love it for its Taste; Eat it for Your Health

Richard Andrew Kralj, M Ed., RDN, LDN

Rhubarb is a rich source of nutrients providing 45% of the Daily Value for Vitamin K in a serving size of 1 cup. More
Food Preservation: Setting the Record Straight on Canning Breads and Cakes
Food Preservation: Setting the Record Straight on Canning Breads and Cakes - Articles Articles
Breads and cakes canned in glass mason jars are not safe to eat. The risk for contracting a food-borne illness is high due to improper heating methods. More
Safe Handling of Venison is Easy with Advance Planning
Safe Handling of Venison is Easy with Advance Planning - Articles Articles

Safe Handling of Venison is Easy with Advance Planning

Richard Andrew Kralj, M Ed., RDN, LDN

This article looks at game from a food safety perspective and provides tips for safe handling of wild-harvested venison. More
What's on your dinner plate?
Venison, Is It For You? - Articles Articles

Venison, Is It For You?

Richard Andrew Kralj, M Ed., RDN, LDN

Venison is growing in popularity as a good source of animal protein. Learn the health benefits of including venison into your diet. More