Opportunities and Challenges for Managing Pests in Organic Greenhouses

Screenhouse

By Meredith Swett Walker If you live in a temperate climate, you probably think of greenhouses as a tool to produce fruit, vegetable, and flower crops out of season. But these structures don’t just trap heat; they can also keep pests out. In fact, greenhouses are commonly used in warmer climates but primarily for pest […]

The Current State of Integrated Tick Management

blacklegged tick close-up

If you read the news, it can be easy to wonder why it seems like we’re losing the war against ticks and the diseases they transmit. Why, exactly, are ticks so good at the bad stuff they do, and why are we humans having such a tough time fighting back? In 2016, the Entomological Society […]

Could Reducing Deer Populations Reduce Lyme Disease?

white tailed deer

By Josh Lancette Lyme disease has been a growing problem in the United States, with the number of cases increasing throughout the past few decades. The disease primarily is spread through a bacterium vectored by the tick Ixodes scapularis, also known as the blacklegged tick (or the deer tick, in some regions). The increasing spread […]

New Guide Offers Insights on How to Manage the Forest Tent Caterpillar

forest tent caterpillars on foliage

Extension agents across much of the United States often get questions from homeowners and forest managers about the forest tent caterpillar (Malacosoma disstria), and their concerns are understandable. The native pest can cause significant defoliation of a variety of host trees, and they have a habit of forming their cocoons—in great abundance—on tree trunks and […]

How Salt, a Coffee Filter, and a Microscope Could Aid in Managing Spotted-Wing Drosophila

filter method for finding spotted-wing drosophila

By Andrew Porterfield The red-eyed, spotted fly first appeared in the United States in strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry crops in Santa Cruz County, California, in 2008. Then the Southeast Asian invader Drosophila suzukii began showing up in crops in other areas of coastal California, eventually making its way to the far Pacific Northwest and then […]