In Search of Soybeans Resistant to the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

brown marmorated stink bug on soybean pod

The invasive brown marmorated stink bug “will eat almost anything.” Among its targets is soybean, the number-two crop in the United States. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service are working to identify soybean breeds that exhibit resistance to the pest.

Some “Green” Oils Can Stop a Bed Bug—But Many Can’t

bed bug oils

By Andrew Porterfield Could the answer to a burgeoning bed bug problem come from another popular trend, essential oils? Not from most oils, say researchers from Rutgers University and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, though a few oils—particularly silicone and paraffin oils—show some potential. Over the past 10 years, the common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) […]

Short Bait Exposure Provides Control of Asian Subterranean Termite Colonies

Coptotermes gestroi termites

A new study in the Journal of Economic Entomology shows exposure to an insecticide bait known as a chitin synthesis inhibitor for as little as one day may be sufficient to eliminate a colony of Asian subterranean termites (Coptotermes gestroi).

Pennies for Parasitoids: Savings Add Up When Rearing Wasps on Alternate Hosts

Telenomus remus on Spodoptera frugiperda eggs

By Edward Ricciuti Getting more bang for the buck out of mass production is the Holy Grail for manufacturers, whether they are making automobiles, appliances, or natural enemies that can be used as biological control agents against pest insects.  Sometimes, as research in Brazil suggests, the most cost-effective method requires a little tweaking of what […]

For Termites, Home is Where the Molt Is

premolt termites

If, like some creatures on this Earth, you had to periodically shed your skin, would you prefer to do that out in public or in the privacy of your own home? If you’d choose the latter, then congratulations—you have at least one thing in common with a termite. In a study published the Journal of […]