A Report from the Integrated Tick Management Symposium in Washington, DC

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By Richard Levine In May 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Entomological Society of America (ESA), the IPM Institute of North America, and the North Central IPM Center held a meeting called the “Integrated Tick Management Symposium: Solving America’s Tick-Borne Disease Problem.” Entomologists and public-health officials from the USDA, DOD, USGS, […]

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 […]

IPM Strategies to Fight the Colorado Potato Beetle

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By Harvey Black As the effectiveness of the primary chemical weapon against the Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) starts to wane, new ways to manage this pest are needed where potatoes are intensively grown, according to an article in the the Journal of Integrated Pest Management. The beetle is a major problem in areas such […]

JIPM Offers Rice Growers a New Resource Against the Rice Water Weevil

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The rice water weevil, Lissorhoptrus oryzophilus, is the most harmful insect pest of rice in the United States, causing yield losses of up to 25 percent. Adults inflict damage by consuming leaf tissue, and the larvae feed on the roots of rice plants. A native of the southeastern U.S., the rice water weevil invaded Japan […]

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 […]

Open Access Article on Potato Leafhopper Ecology and Integrated Pest Management

Late-instar potato leafhopper with wing pads and specialized legs used for jumping.

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 […]

Using Beans to Take on Bed Bugs

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For hundreds of years, people have placed kidney bean leaves near their beds and pillows to stop bed bugs from biting them. However, they weren’t quite sure how or why this was effective. Now scientists have discovered that the leaves have tiny, little spikes that impale the bed bugs’ feet, trapping them in place. This […]