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 […]

Alfalfa Weevil: New Integrated Pest Management Guide Available

alfalfa weevil

For alfalfa growers throughout the United States—and particularly in the western states—the alfalfa weevil (Hypera postica) is a major concern, as damage from infestations lead to decreased yield and quality. A new resource published today in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management offers growers a robust profile of alfalfa weevil and various options for […]

Et Tu, Fruite? Attracticidal Sphere Lures Fruit Flies to Their Demise

attractacidal sphere in raspberry plant

It looks like a fruit, but it’s definitely not as healthy. It’s the attracticidal sphere, and a new study shows it to be a promising tool for managing the invasive fruit fly Drosophila suzukii. Published today in the Journal of Economic Entomology, the research experiment found the attract-and-kill method, previously developed by the late Ron […]

Teaching Curriculum for Bed Bug Prevention Proves Its Worth

bed bug

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

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 […]