Unwanted Webs: Integrated Pest Management for Fall Webworms

fall webworms

By Meredith Swett Walker In late summer and fall, extension agents and pest control professionals across North America get a version of this call: “It looks like a gang of hyperactive spiders have set up a commune in my pecan/Bradford pear/cottonwood tree. There are webs everywhere! How do I get rid of them?” More curious […]

Eat This, Not That: Why Mantids Eat Everything But the Gut of Some Caterpillar Prey

mantid with monarch caterpillar

By Leslie Mertz When a Chinese mantid (Tenodera sinensis) grabs a nice, plump monarch caterpillar (Danaus plexippus), it not only “bites into the fleshy bits” but also eventually gnaws deeply enough to rip through the lining of the gut, the contents of which are propelled out of the still-alive larva as it writhes, describes biologist […]

Endangered Maritime Ringlet Shows Continued Decline in Eastern Canada

Coenonympha nipisiquit

An endangered butterfly species in eastern Canada appears to be declining in numbers, but a better understanding of how environmental conditions affect its lifecycle may better inform conservation efforts, according to a new study in Environmental Entomology. Coenonympha nipisiquit, also known as the maritime ringlet, lives in just 10 salt marshes in Quebec and New […]

Ticks: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Dab Their Animal Hosts With Insecticide

host-targeted bait box

An emerging tool in the fight against tick-borne disease, host-targeted bait boxes employ a sneaky trick: turning some of ticks’ favorite carriers —small mammals like mice and chipmunks —against them. And a new study in Journal of Medical Entomology shows an improved design has made such bait boxes an increasingly viable addition to integrated tick […]

Some Bed Bugs Are Better Climbers Than Others

tropical bed bugs climbing wall

Not all bed bugs are created equal, and some of the leading bed bug traps used by pest management professionals are ineffective against species with better climbing abilities than others. In a study published today in the Journal of Economic Entomology, a research team led by Dae-Yun Kim at the Universiti Sains Malaysia, has shown […]