The western U.S. is home to two known native species of subterranean termites, Reticulitermes hesperus and Reticulitermes tibialis. But a new analysis shows R. hesperus is likely a species complex of at least two distinct species, and at least five species Reticulitermes in all may be present in California. A better understanding of these separate subterranean termite species and their behaviors will be essential for effective management.
A new study evaluating pesticide effects on spongy moth egg masses shows the potential value in targeting the invasive pest in its dormant wintertime stage, before hungry larvae emerge.
Responsible use of pesticides includes striving to avoid negative effects on the environment, often with an emphasis on protecting bees and other pollinators. A new study, however, finds that many common methods for minimizing pesticides' impact on bees—even some recommendations on product labels—are backed by minimal scientific evidence.
Coffee berry borer is a key threat to Hawaiian coffee production. A new study shows that frequent harvesting, while more labor intensive than frequent pesticide applications, is worth the effort, resulting in higher yields, better-quality coffee, and greater profits for growers.
Arthropods that aren't of medical or economic concern can often still be a nuisance in homes, but they're comparatively under-studied. New research on such "nuisance arthropods" in homes shows the utility of sticky traps in detection—and stark differences in what residents might report observing versus the arthropods that are actually there.