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New ticks spread across Southeast, diseases rise

From WRAL.com:

In the trees and grasses of the South, there are a growing number of unwanted visitors that at best are an itchy nuisance and at worst can carry debilitating diseases: Ticks.

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Kudzu Bugs N.C.’s latest imported scourge

From the Raleigh News & Observer:

Poison-spined lionfish. Swarming feral pigs. Giant cannibal shrimp.

So many weird creatures from somewhere else have been causing problems in North Carolina lately that perhaps the latest twist was inevitable: An old invasive species is being attacked by its own invasive species – which also happens to harbor an invasive bacteria that itself could be trouble.

That famed Asian interloper, kudzu, is being assaulted by, yes, a “kudzu bug.”

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In the field, in the classroom or in the living room: University of Tennessee IPM Education

Transportation can often be a hindrance to education for adults. Residents in remote towns beyond city bus lines can’t travel when the car breaks down. High gas prices mean that car trips must be planned and limited to necessary errands. So when the University Extension Service offers a workshop on IPM, farmers must decide whether the trip to the workshop location is worth the extra money for gas. To relieve Tennessee soybean farmers of that decision, Extension specialists in the University of Tennessee IPM program bring the training to the farmer.

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Kudzu bugs create headaches for soybean growers, homeowners

Homeowners and soybean growers in North Carolina are in for a surprise this year, as kudzu bugs continue their march across the Southeast. This invasive pest congregates en masse on home siding and legumes, like soybeans.

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Ticks emerging earlier than normal

Typically ticks begin to appear in late spring and early summer as warm weather sets in, but this year, cases of the annual pest were reported three to four weeks earlier than normal, said agents with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.

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Wild pigs take off as one of the nation’s fastest-growing invasives

North Carolina farmer Frank Baumgartner is at war. Week after week, his crops are ravaged by a pest that has no corresponding pesticide and is difficult to impossible to repel from the fields. The pest he battles is not an insect, not a weed, and not a disease; it’s a wild pig.

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Asian tiger shrimp continue spreading through coastal waters

It’s official: the influx of Asian tiger shrimp into N.C. waters, the rest of the South Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico is significantly worrisome, if not downright frightening.

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IPM Webinar: Bed bugs go to school

Join EPA  for a Webinar on June 18. Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

As the pest populations boom, bed bugs can, and will hitchhike into your school. The school can be bed bug free one day and have bed bugs brought in the next. For school administrators and facilities managers, bed bugs arriving at the school can be a recipe for big headaches. The formula for success in dealing with bed bugs is to prepare for the inevitable, and educate everyone. This presentation discusses why bed bugs are such a challenge and how you can be proactive.

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Weed Management on Livestock Pastures Webinar Next Tuesday

Join eOrganic for a webinar on organic weed management on livestock pastures by Dr. Sid Bosworth of the University of Vermont on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 from 2 pm to 3:15 pm Eastern Time (1 – 2:15 pm Central, 12 – 1:15 pm Mountain, 11 am – 12:15 pm Pacific Time). The webinar is free and open to the public, and advance registration is required. Listeners will hear the speaker and be able to view the PowerPoint presentation and type in questions.

Register now at http://www.extension.org/pages/63411

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Planning to Use a Bug Bomb? Read this first

As people resort to using so-called “bug bombs” or foggers to kill fleas or bed bugs, not all of them follow the necessary precautions before, during and after setting them off. The Environmental Protection Agency has a web page with a list of safety precautions for fogger use. The information in this post was taken from that page.

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