Teaching Curriculum for Bed Bug Prevention Proves Its Worth

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When the big yellow bus arrives at school in the morning, it could be unloading more than just kids. In communities where bed bugs (Cimex lectularius Linnaeus) are present, children’s book bags are one of their favorite places to hitch a ride to a new home. Preventing this kind of spread is a core element […]

Squash Bugs Still Making Growers Crazy After All These Years

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By Leslie Mertz If there’s one word that describes the squash bug (Anasa tristis), it is frustrating, according to Hélène Doughty, the lead author of a new descriptive article that appears in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management. A noted problem insect in the United States for more than a century, the squash bug continues […]

Open-Access Article Takes a Closer Look at Crop-Damaging Greenbugs

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By Leslie Mertz Aptly named for their bright lime color, greenbugs (Schizaphis graminum) have been a major vexation for growers of wheat and sorghum for more than half a century, especially in the Great Plains. As decades of research into the little aphids have accumulated, the time has come for an overview of the little […]

A New Pest Management Resource for Hop Farmers in the Northeastern U.S.

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Although craft beer breweries are thriving throughout the U.S., almost all of the hops that are used in the brewing process come from west-coast states like Washington, Oregon, or Idaho. But this is changing. According the U.S. Hops Association, hop production in non-traditional regions, such as the Northeastern U.S., now accounts for more than two […]

Interview with Marcos Kogan on the International Congresses of Entomology

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Dr. Marcos Kogan is a professor and director emeritus at Oregon State University’s Integrated Plant Protection Center. In 1976, the last time an International Congress of Entomology was held in the U.S., he was one of the main speakers. In the year 2000 in Brazil, he delivered the ICE Plenary Lecture on “Sustainable Development and […]

Applying Integrated Pest Management to Wild Turkeys

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Integrated Pest Management, also known as IPM, is an environmentally sound approach to pest control that was first developed in the 1970s. IPM is a strategy based on multiple control tactics to ensure that 1) pest populations are managed at acceptable levels, 2) risks to people, other non-target organisms, and the environment are minimized, and […]

Insect-resistant Maize Could Increase Yields and Decrease Pesticide Use in Mexico

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Este comunicado está disponible en español. Although maize was originally domesticated in Mexico, the country’s average yield per hectare is 38% below the world’s average. In fact, Mexico imports 30% of its maize from foreign sources to keep up with internal demand. To combat insect pests, Mexican farmers rely primarily on chemical insecticides. Approximately 3,000 […]

Open Access Article on Potato Leafhopper Ecology and Integrated Pest Management

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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 […]

Bug-Bombs + Drones = The Future of Biocontrol

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In a recent post from Joel Grossman at his Biocontrol Beat blog, he writes about a slide show he viewed at a late-night session of the Korean Young Entomologists network in Austin, Texas during the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America. The slide show, presented by West Virginia University entomologist Yong-Lak Park, […]

Integrated Pest Management for Billbugs in Orchardgrass

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Two weevil species, the bluegrass billbug and the hunting billbug, have caused widespread economic damage to orchardgrass, a cool season grass that is cultivated throughout the United States as a high-value forage crop. The cryptic feeding habits of these species, combined with a lack of effective systemic insecticides, make billbug control extremely difficult in orchardgrass. […]