UV Light Best for Luring Cigarette and Drugstore Beetles

cigarette beetle

By Edward Ricciuti Their common names—cigarette beetle and drugstore beetle—only hint at the amazingly eclectic and destructive diet of two related insects, which can wreak havoc on products stored in home pantries, warehouses, businesses, and even museums and libraries. New research by scientists at Hamamatsu University and Okayama University in Japan documents that LED ultraviolet […]

Olive Tree is Second Non-Ash Species Found Vulnerable to Emerald Ash Borer

EAB larvae in olive stem

Last fall, researchers at Wright State University announced they had found that emerald ash borer can develop from larvae to adulthood on a species of olive tree. Today, that study is published online in the Journal of Economic Entomology. Their detailed report shows that 45 percent of the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) eggs that […]

Bursting With Babies: Bizarre Reproduction Contributes to Mite’s Rapid Population Growth

Luciaphorus perniciosus mite

By Meredith Swett Walker Parenthood can be rough for many species, but imagine if reproducing meant having your abdomen swell grotesquely to house dozens of offspring. While inside you, these squirmy offspring reach their full adult size and sexual maturity. In fact, they even mate—with each other—while in your bloated belly, then burst forth ready […]

American Sweetgum Picks Up a Beetle Pest in China

Acanthotomicus sp. adult

By Meredith Swett Walker If you’ve ever traveled overseas, you may have had the unfortunate experience of picking up a foreign microbe that made you ill. Humans, though, aren’t alone in their susceptibility to disease or injury when they stray outside their familiar milieu of microbes and hazards. Even trees suffer traveler’s illness—for instance, the […]

A Model for Effective, Reduced-Cost Bed Bug Monitoring

bed bug dorsal view

While the common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) can target all varieties of human habitats, it is a significant concern in settings such as multi-unit, low-income housing, especially those for the elderly or disabled, where the pest can spread easily and resources for management of the pest are often limited. However, a new study published in […]