Hazelnut production is on the rise around the world, and weevils in the genus Curculio are among the crop’s most damaging insect pests. A new guide in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management outlines biology and management strategies for four key hazelnut-feeding weevil species and avenues for future research.
Boxwood is one of the most widely planted landscape plants in North America. However, it is not without management challenges, specifically from arthropod and disease pests. A new article in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management discusses identification, biology, and management of common boxwood pests.
Small hive beetles (Aethina tumida) can cause substantial damage in commercial honey bee colonies in North America. Both larval and adult beetles consume hive products and honey bee eggs and larvae, creating a slimy waste in the process. A new guide discusses the biology and management of these pests and highlights current gaps in our knowledge.
Black fig fly is a specialized pest of figs native to the Mediterranean region and first reported in the U.S. in 2021, in southern California. This fly is a threat to commercial fig production, and while little is known about it, researchers are now working to improve our knowledge of black fig fly ecology and management.
The current state of managing fly pests in livestock reveals a need for better understanding of underlying economics. A group of researchers in veterinary entomology, agricultural economics, and population modeling outline what's needed to build a transdisciplinary IPM approach for controlling flies in animal production.