Two species of striped cucumber beetle are key pests of squashes, gourds, cucumbers, melons, and other cucurbit crops. A new guide in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management reviews the beetles' biology and current and potential management strategies.
The Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) was discovered in the U.S. in 2017, and it poses health threats to both animals and humans. A new guide in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management outlines the different management strategies that are being developed, and surveillance and prevention are key to reducing this non-native arthropod's impact.
The plum curculio has a long history as a pest of fruit in North America, but it has gone somewhat understudied. A new article in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management reviews the plum curculio’s biology, life history, and behavior and IPM options for growers.
Massive quantities of pesticides are applied by homeowners on residential lawns and gardens each year. While some have an understanding of integrated pest management concepts and practice them on their property, many do not and indiscriminately apply pesticides. There is an opportunity for cooperative extension personnel to address this need by providing residential IPM and pesticide education programs.