In Fending Off Mosquitoes, Spatial Repellents With Pyrethroids Show Potential

Aedes aegypti

By Leslie Mertz Step 1: Complain about how bad the mosquitoes are this year. Step 2: Purchase a can of bug spray to keep mosquitoes away. Step 3: Use it once and be disgusted by the greasy feel and weird smell. Step 4: Put the can in a closet, never to be used again. Step […]

Mow Before You Spray, and Other Tips for Protecting Pollinators in Grassy Landscapes

Bee in field

With the right combination of methods, landscape managers can strike an effective balance between pest management and protecting pollinators in turfgrass settings. A new, open-access guide in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management (JIPM) offers an in-depth look at best practices for protecting pollinators such as bees and butterflies while reducing pests in lawns, fields, […]

Common Corn Pest Presents Major Challenge to Bt Crops

fall armyworm

By Andrew Porterfield The fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is a major corn pest in South America, known to devour corn crops from Argentina to the Southeastern United States. Farmers have typically battled the worm’s infestation with chemical insecticides, but they have been met (unsurprisingly) with resistant insects. Transgenic corn raised to express Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) […]

Texas Leafcutting Ant: A Southern Pest That Could Move North

texas leafcutting ant

By Josh Lancette While the term “leafcutting ants” might bring to mind colorful shots in nature documentaries of highways of ants carrying green leaves through tropical forests, the reality of these ants isn’t always so picturesque. For example, the Texas leafcutting ant (Atta texana), is a major pest of pine plantations in Texas and Louisiana […]

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 […]