Could Catnip or Chrysanthemum Bring Cows Relief From Biting Flies?

horn flies

By Meredith Swett Walker We generally don’t associate cows with pleasant aromas, but in the future you may catch a whiff of mint, lemongrass, or chrysanthemum when visiting a barn or feedlot. It turns out that extracts and oils from these and other plants show promise as repellents and insecticides for use on cows. In […]

Bed Bugs: Proactive IPM Strategies Critical in Multi-Unit Housing

bed bug management methods

Amid the persistent threat of bed bug infestations in multi-unit housing, the best advice for property owners, managers, and tenants looking to avoid the pests is the same advice that applies to many other afflictions: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So says an extensive review of existing research into management […]

Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle: New Guide Offers Pest Management Tips for Organic Growers

yellowmargined leaf beetle

In recent years, the demand for organic foods by the consuming public has exploded. Organic food sales surpassed $35 billion in the United States in 2014, up from an estimated $12 billion in 2005, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While humans are falling in love with organic food more and more, insects are […]

A New Guide for Understanding Insect Vectors of Plant Pathogen Xylella fastidiosa

pierces disease foliar symptoms

In many areas across the southern United States and California, one bacteria species complex is responsible for a long list of plant diseases: Pierce’s disease of grape, citrus variegated chlorosis, phony peach disease, plum leaf scald, alfalfa dwarf, almond leaf scorch, oleander leaf scorch, and leaf scorch of blueberry, pecan, and many shade trees. The […]

Get to Know the Threecornered Alfalfa Hopper, a (Maybe) Serious Crop Pest

threecornered alfalfa hopper male and female

In fields of alfalfa, soybean, and peanut in the southern United States, a small, green, teardrop-shaped insect is a common sight. But despite its observed propensity for gouging scars in plant stalks, no one is 100 percent sure of how much damage the threecornered alfalfa hopper (Spissistilus festinus) actually causes and whether deploying insecticides to […]