The Coquí: Friend or Foe?

During a trip to Puerto Rico, we had the opportunity to become acquainted with a tiny tree frog that natives call the coquí. The coquí (Eleutherodactylus coquí) are native to the Caribbean and are part of Puerto Rican culture, history and folklore. Because of increasing development in Puerto Rico, some of the species are being reduced. However, in Hawaii and its surrounding islands, it has been tagged an invasive species.

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What Lies Ahead for School IPM?

In 1990, the Texas legislature ruled to change the way that school personnel dealt with their pests. They enacted a state law requiring all public schools to use integrated pest management (IPM), switching from regular use of highly toxic pesticides to a program of prevention and safer pest management practices. Although 36 states have some form of regulation, Texas is one of the few that require schools to use IPM.

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Southern IPM Center Enhancement Grant Leads to New Product for Use in Controlling Horn Fly on Organic Cattle

The horn fly is the most important pests of pastured cattle in the United States. Flies feed on cattle, reducing milk production and weight by as much as 15%. Typically, dairy farmers manage horn flies by using broad-spectrum insecticides and must be applied two or three times per month.

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