Stored Grain Integrated Pest Management in the North Central United States

Friday, September 12, 2014,
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CT

The webinar will include:

  • Biology and identification of key stored grain pests; basic of IPM for stored grain; proper fumigation—issues and challenges
    • Tom Phillips, Professor of Entomology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  • Prevention of grain infestation: residual insecticides available and their proper application; strategic use of aeration for grain cooling and pest suppression
    • Frank Arthur, Research Entomologist, USDA ARS, Manhattan, KS
  • IPM for corn and other products in the upper Midwest: issues and challenges with grain drying and cooling; pest management for animal feed, ethanol and value-processed food
    • Linda Mason, Professor of Entomology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Webinar participants will see and hear presentations by the three teachers and then have an opportunity for live questions and answers. Instructional materials will be provided via internet links.

 Pre-registration is required. Go to to register.  Participation will be limited to the first 200 computers. Hosting of viewing sites locally by Extension, government agencies, and private industry is encouraged.

This webinar will be archived for later viewing if you cannot attend this date and time.

Funding for this webinar is provided by USDA-NIFA through grants to the North Central Integrated Pest Management Center (2012-51120-20252 and 2011-51120-31160).


Puss caterpillar sending Texans to the emergency room this summer

From KEYE TV (watch the video on that page as well)

They may look cute, but the Puss Caterpillar, or asp, is sending a lot of people to the emergency room this summer in Central Texas.

Asps can fall from trees, or hide in bushes, and in Sissy Schriber’s case she found one in her backyard shed.

“He flew off and on to my thigh,” Schriber said. “He didn’t stay long, because he hurt.”

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UK researchers studying environmental impacts of lawns

Many homeowners love the sight of a pristine, green lawn, but that beautiful, meticulously kept lawn may come at a cost to the environment. University of Kentucky scientists are conducting research to find the answer.

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Tawny Crazy Ant Spreading Across Gulf States

From the School IPM 2015 Newsletter

An invasive ant species is growing in numbers and range in Gulf Coast states. Formerly known as the raspberry crazy ant, the tawny crazy ant, Nylanderia fulva, was first spotted in Texas in 2002. Named for their random, nonlinear movement when looking for food, the crazy ant is sometimes found in electrical equipment and household appliances. Studies have shown that the tawny crazy ant is able to sheath itself in protective acid that allows them outcompete fire ants and other ant species, moving them up to the number one pest concern where they are present. Continue reading

Chikungunya is in South Carolina

Chikungunya has raised its ugly head in South Carolina with the return of medical students who contracted the disease while on a medical mission to Haiti. Symptoms are similar to influenza, with prominent malaise and muscle aches; treatment is symptomatic. There is no preventive vaccine. Since transmission is by infected mosquitoes (infected as a result of a blood meal from a person with the disease), there’s little or no danger of further transmission in South Carolina at this time, but  four cases of local transmission have occurred in Florida (the only state in the US with documented secondary cases, as of last week).

For more detail about the disease and its epidemiology, visit the CDC’s discussion at:

Northeastern IPM Center hiring two positions

Two positions are open:

Extension Educator (Extension Support Specialist II – Northeastern IPM Center; Ithaca, New York)

The extension educator will contribute to the goals of Cooperative Extension to strengthen communities and address housing conditions that threaten human health; support the growth of interest in IPM for low-income housing; partner with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Regional IPM Centers and State IPM programs.

Program/Evaluations Specialist (Extension Support Specialist II – Northeastern IPM Center; Ithaca, New York)

The Program/Evaluation Specialist will enhance connections with existing stakeholders and build rapport with underserved audiences. Contribute to the strategic planning for the NEIPM Center. Serve as a liaison to IPM working groups, assess the status of and need for IPM courses and certification programs.

The Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center ( supports Integrated Pest Management (IPM) projects in agricultural and community settings that promote environmental, human health, and economic benefits.  Based in Ithaca, New York, the Center encourages multistate, cross-disciplinary connections that build partnerships and strengthen public and private IPM programs in a 12-state region. Seven staff members work as a team on IPM training, outreach, networking, proposal writing and documenting impacts.