Line Trapping: A Promising Method for More Accurate Pest Monitoring

pheromone line-trapping

It’s easy to think of a pheromone trap as a lure, putting out a scent and waiting for insects to come rolling in. But insects aren’t sharks; they don’t sense the proverbial blood in the water from great distances. They move much more randomly, and pheromone plumes don’t broadcast all that far—a couple dozen meters, […]

Communicating Entomology Through Video: Q&A With Erin Hodgson

Erin Hodgson

“Black Cutworm Adult Trapping” was a finalist in the 2016 ESA YouTube Your Entomology Contest. Co-creator Erin Hodgson, Ph.D., says she likes to present hands-on demonstrations and factual management recommendations in her videos, which often serve as a tool in her work as an extension entomologist. Continuing our three-part series showcasing advice from entomologists experienced […]

Neighborhood Watch: How Asian Tiger Mosquito Habitat Varies From Block to Block in an Urban Setting

Aedes albopictus

By Meredith Swett Walker A neighborhood watch generally keeps an eye out for potential burglars and vandals, reporting them to local law enforcement when spotted. But if you want to improve safety and health in your neighborhood, it may be wise to keep an eye out for small pockets of water that collect in objects […]

Survey: Bed Bugs Are the Last Thing Travelers Want to See in a Hotel Room, Even Though Most Can’t ID Them

bed bugs in upholstery

Most business and leisure travelers in the United States can’t identify a bed bug, and yet the tiny pest evokes a stronger response in hotel guests than any other potential room deficiency—putting the hospitality industry in a difficult spot. In a survey of U.S. travelers conducted by researchers at the University of Kentucky, 60 percent […]

Could Catnip or Chrysanthemum Bring Cows Relief From Biting Flies?

horn flies

By Meredith Swett Walker We generally don’t associate cows with pleasant aromas, but in the future you may catch a whiff of mint, lemongrass, or chrysanthemum when visiting a barn or feedlot. It turns out that extracts and oils from these and other plants show promise as repellents and insecticides for use on cows. In […]