Free Online Resource for Soybean Growers to Manage Kudzu Bugs

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By Josh Lancette There’s a relatively new pest of soybean in town. Its name? Megacopta cribraria, but most folks call it the kudzu bug. If left unchecked, the bug has been shown to cause up to 60% yield loss in soybean fields. In order to help manage this pest, researches at North Carolina State University […]

A New Resource for Fighting the Mexican Rice Borer

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By Leslie Mertz A moth caterpillar called the Mexican rice borer (Eoreuma loftini) that has already taken a heavy toll on sugar cane and rice crops in Texas has now moved into Louisiana and Florida, and continues to spread through the Gulf Coast region. A new article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management provides […]

JIPM Article on Masked Chafer Grubs in Turfgrass Explains Management Techniques

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By Leslie Mertz Anyone who has tended a lawn is probably very familiar with white grubs. They are the fat, cream-colored, brown-headed larvae that can grow up to an inch long, and are usually discovered in the soil lying on their sides rather inertly and curled into a C-shape. Several species of scarab beetles have […]

JIPM Article on Mexican Bean Beetles Offers Tips on Controlling These Crop-Damaging Pests

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By Leslie Mertz The Mexican bean beetle (Epilachna varivestis) has flown under the research radar too long, despite the fact that it has been ravaging U.S. crops for almost a century, according to Louis Nottingham, lead author of a newly published article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management. The article shines a light on […]

Squash Bugs Still Making Growers Crazy After All These Years

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By Leslie Mertz If there’s one word that describes the squash bug (Anasa tristis), it is frustrating, according to Hélène Doughty, the lead author of a new descriptive article that appears in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management. A noted problem insect in the United States for more than a century, the squash bug continues […]

Be Prepared for the Invasive Spotted Lanternfly, Entomologists Warn

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By Ed Ricciuti The Scout Motto is the best advice for pest managers who want to establish a first line of defense against problematic invasive insects even before they become established, according to Dr. Surendra Dara, an IPM and crop advisor at the University of California. “Be Prepared,” is what he and his co-authors suggest […]

Interview with Entomology Graduate Student Peter Meng on Publishing in JIPM

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By Richard Levine As an entomology graduate student at Penn State University, Peter Meng co-authored an article on the Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) that was published in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management (JIPM). JIPM is an open-access, peer-reviewed, extension journal that is intended to help farmers, growers, and others implement IPM practices. The […]

Open-access Article Offers Horse Owners Advice on How to Control Flies with Parasitoid Wasps

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By Leslie Mertz Horses need help when it comes to insect pests, particularly the house flies and stable flies that can be a near-constant source of annoyance and even disease. Unfortunately, horse farm managers and horse owners are in the dark about how best to tackle the issue because the research just hasn’t been done, […]

New Resource Will Help Growers Manage the Olive Fruit Fly

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A new, open-access article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management aims to support California olive producers with an overview of the olive fruit fly (Bactrocera oleae), which has become the key pest of olives since its introduction in 1998. The author, Victoria Y. Yokoyama of the USDA-ARS, describes the biology and life history of […]

IPM Strategies to Fight the Colorado Potato Beetle

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By Harvey Black As the effectiveness of the primary chemical weapon against the Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) starts to wane, new ways to manage this pest are needed where potatoes are intensively grown, according to an article in the the Journal of Integrated Pest Management. The beetle is a major problem in areas such […]