On Wednesday, March 5, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET, the EPA, the Centers for Disease Control, the National Pest Management Association, and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station will co-host a webinar on tick management and tick-borne diseases. The webinar, titled Principles of Tick Management and Tick-Borne Disease, will cover areas such as landscape management, conventional and non-conventional tick management, and agency resources for tick management.
Home gardeners, farmers and others will have new tools and educational opportunities thanks to 11 projects recently funded by the Southern IPM Center. Out of a total of 20 proposals, these 11 projects, totaling $300,000 in funding, will provide new crop profiles on turfgrass, ornamentals and agricultural crops; delve into complex pest issues with avocadoes, sorghum and other crops; and provide information for home gardeners on how to use IPM in small vegetable gardens.
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Five projects funded for a total of $727,869 will explore new ways to manage mite-vectored wheat diseases, examine the dispersal and life history of the kudzu bug, test ways to manage spotted wing drosophila (SWD), develop online training for mosquito control and research ways to deal with bed bugs. All of the projects were funded by the USDA Southern Regional IPM grant program.
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As you depart for winter break, please be mindful about bed bugs.
- Where you place your personal belonging in public areas
- Your hotel room and look for signs of bed bugs such as blood spots, cast skins and live bed bugs
- Your luggage after returning from holiday travels so that bed bugs are not introduced into your home or to the school
Producers should make plans now to attend the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Tradeshow. The Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Conference will be Friday, Feb. 7 at the Ham Wilson Arena and Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Marriott Opelika Hotel and Conference Center in Opelika, Ala. Organized by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Association, this conference is the premier educational conference for the state’s fruit and vegetable growers.
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In light of yesterday’s Entomology Today post about the outbreak of bubonic plague in Madagascar, I figured it was time for a history lesson. We don’t hear much about the plague anymore, so I wondered, how did it start? How did it spread? And how much has IPM contributed to the scarcity of outbreaks?
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There is little doubt that being bitten by a tick can be bad for your health. Ticks carry pathogens for serious, life-threatening diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme’s Disease, ehrlichiosis and southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI). If this weren’t enough, research led by the University of Virginia has also discovered that several bites by one tick species can also cause an allergy to meat. Continue reading
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