Uninvited Holiday Guests

The following post is taken from a North Carolina pest alert written by Dr. Steven Frank.

Christmas trees like other crops have many pests that feed on them. Also like other crops, they are grown outside. Thus, many insect species may be unfortunate enough to stop for a rest just as the tree is bundled up and trucked to your local box store. Every year people report arthropods that have hitchhiked into their house on a Christmas tree. Here are a few of the most common.

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American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using IPM to reduce children’s exposure to pesticides

Increased support for IPM adoption is one of the recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics in a position paper on pesticides published in Pediatrics this month. The article also expresses concern about children’s exposure to pesticides and makes several recommendations overseeing pesticide marketing, labeling and usage.

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