Human-mediated movement is a major way in which forest pests get from one place to another. Many pests that live in or on wood can be unknowingly moved in firewood. A new review in the Journal of Economic Entomology looks at what we know about forest pest movement in firewood, and what we can do about it.
A new study digs into the pros and cons of two different methods for testing potential bed bug repellents: a harborage test and a barrier test. Repellency results can differ when bed bugs are searching for shelter versus when they are searching for a bloodmeal.
A new study finds that three corn varieties bred for drought resistance also stand up better to the Banks grass mite when drought conditions set in—a potential boon to growers in regions with diminishing water supply.
Researchers discovered a potential repellent for walnut twig beetles when they ran out of one adhesive for sticky traps and switched to another, and suddenly the beetles were no longer attracted to the traps.
Digital video data—more than 20,000 hours' worth—reveals why cone traps are more effective than bucket traps in capturing palm weevils.