Monitoring for cockroach infestations in homes and buildings is hindered by a lack of effective and practical attractants, but researchers at Rutgers University say a mix of extracts from apple and blueberry has proven highly effective in lab and field settings and could lead to more successful cockroach integrated pest management programs.
Meet Kayla Perry, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow at the Ohio State University, ground-beetle enthusiast, and subject of the next installment of our "Standout Early Career Professionals" series.
Gloomy scale is a pest of deciduous trees that tends to increase in abundance and damage severity in urban areas. This insect feeds on tree cells and tissues, prefers red maple as a host, and may expand its range as climate change continues to alter our environment.
A study of the spatial distribution of German cockroaches in a high-rise apartment building found infestations were clustered in groups of adjacent units. But a building-wide integrated pest management program can be successful in eliminating most infestations and, importantly, stopping the cockroaches from migrating from one apartment to the next.
A study that shows mosquitoes might benefit from wetland-management tactics aimed at protecting frogs illustrates the complicated ecological dynamics present in urban wetlands. Understanding the habitat requirements and ecological interactions of local mosquito species is critical to balancing such wetlands' risks and benefits.