Human-mediated movement is a major way in which forest pests get from one place to another. Many pests that live in or on wood can be unknowingly moved in firewood. A new review in the Journal of Economic Entomology looks at what we know about forest pest movement in firewood, and what we can do about it.
A new guide in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management outlines the important insect pests of sorghum and shares management options including host-plant resistance, selective insecticides, and natural enemies for various sorghum pests of concern.
A new study digs into the pros and cons of two different methods for testing potential bed bug repellents: a harborage test and a barrier test. Repellency results can differ when bed bugs are searching for shelter versus when they are searching for a bloodmeal.
A new study by CDC researchers provides a county-level map of the presence of ticks confirmed to be carrying the bacteria that cause Lyme disease—though the distribution of ticks that are capable of carrying it is much wider.
Gloomy scale is a pest of deciduous trees that tends to increase in abundance and damage severity in urban areas. This insect feeds on tree cells and tissues, prefers red maple as a host, and may expand its range as climate change continues to alter our environment.