Heartland Virus — Another Reason to Avoid Ticks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with health officials in Missouri and Tennessee, have identified six new cases of people sick with Heartland virus. Five were in Missouri and one was in Tennessee. Heartland virus was first reported in two northwestern Missouri farmers who were hospitalized in 2009 with what was […]

Students Discover a Tiny New Spider in Borneo

A team of biology students recently discovered a new spider species, built a makeshift taxonomy lab, wrote a joint publication, and sent it off to a major taxonomic journal. The aim of their one-month course was to teach students about the rich tapestry of the tropical lowland rainforest in Malaysian Borneo. Discovering a new spider […]

For Dogs and Cats, Year-Round Heartworm Prevention Is Best

By Richard Levine A recent news release from the Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University advises pet owners to give their dogs and cats heartworm pills year-round, even in the cold winter months. Heartworms (Dirofilaria immitis) are nematodes that are spread from one pet to another by mosquitoes. The role of the mosquito has […]

Open Access Article on Potato Leafhopper Ecology and Integrated Pest Management

A new, open-access article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management summarizes the knowledge to date on the biology of the potato leafhopper, Empoasca fabae (Harris), including its distribution, development, migration, agricultural host plants, and mechanics of injury to host plants, especially alfalfa. Native to North America, the potato leafhopper migrates northward from the Gulf […]

Stink Bug Traps in Gardens may Increase Damage to Tomatoes

The invasive brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) is an important pest of fruits and vegetables. To counter them, some home gardeners use pheromone-baited traps that are designed to attract, trap, and kill them. However, new research from entomologists at the University of Maryland suggests that the traps may actually increase stink bug damage to […]