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There are insecticidal options to protect your ash trees
The emerald ash borer is a huge threat to ash trees. It's slowly munching its way from-state-to-state. The pest kills both stressed and healthy trees and is so aggresive, a tree may die within...
Pigs that do a lot of scratching and look rather miserable might be suffering from lice and mange
Whether you have a large number of pigs or just a few, an outbreak of external parasites can lead to reduced performance and make the animals more prone to disease. Ralph Williams is an...
The Colorado potato beetle will chew the leaves of potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants to nothing
The Colorado potato beetle is a familiar pest in the vegetable garden and will munch foliage till there's nothing left. Tom Kuhar is an associate professor of entomology at Virginia Tech. He...
Don't make it easy for termites to dine on your home
Termites live in all soil types and conditions and feed on cellulose, especially wood. The perfect environment for termite development is where soil and wood meet. Gary Bennett is an extension...
Use baited black traps in a pyramid shape placed on the ground
Baited black traps in a pyramid shape attract significantly more brown marmorated stink bugs than other traps, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. Evaluating stink bug...
The brown marmorated stink bug is now in 39 states, is wreaking havoc in homes and gardens, and is a major economic threat to orchard fruits, garden vegetables and row crops.
First detected in the United States a decade ago, the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is now ranked by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as its top "invasive insect of interest....
Entomologists use toxic sugar-based baits to lure and kill biting bugs
At the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology (CMAVE) in Gainesville, Fla., entomologist Sandra Allan is using toxic sugar-based baits to lure...
Check yourself!
40,000 cases of lyme disease are documented in the U.S. every year. Warmer winters and fewer rodents make it worse because ticks need to look for other hosts - us! Here are some tick-prevention...
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Those pretty little white cabbage moths are flitting through my garden now, which means holes in plants. I reluctantly dust the plants with a pesticide and that takes care of them for awhile. It'...
Researchers are looking into using catnip to control flies.
What do cats and stable flies have in common? They both react to catnip. Researchers are studying catnip as a way to prevent stable flies from biting cattle, and the results are promising. Radio...