Dressing U.S. Troops to Safeguard Against Insect Attacks

Outfitting soldiers with clothing that effectively repels or kills insects is one of the strategies U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are using to help protect U.S. military personnel deployed overseas against disease-transmitting mosquitoes and sand flies.

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Hessian fly pressure heavy in North Carolina wheat but may not benefit from spray

In Southeast Farm Press, by Dominic Reisig

There are very few people who have the ability to scout Hessian fly eggs, due to their size.

Several consultants who do have this skill have reported finding relatively high numbers of eggs on wheat during the last week. This is not just on early-planted wheat, but on wheat at the two to three leaf stage. It is likely a result of the warm weather.

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Is it a tick? Is it a bed bug? Some resources to help

Since writing the post on bed bugs and ticks in April, I have noticed that “bed bugs vs ticks” seems to be the top search term every day, and that post has been the top rated one every day since that date. Since many of us will travel over the holidays or have travelers in our homes, I’m going to give you a list of resources that have photos and contact information, so if you wake up one night and find something crawling on the back of your neck, you will be able to know whether you need to go to the doctor the next day, or to start washing everything you have in hot water.

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