Great Stink Bug Count happening this month

Scientists at the USDA are conducting a second year of the “Great Stink Bug Count” and are seeking volunteers to help track the pest. They are trying to identify characteristics of houses that brown marmorated stink bugs look for when finding overwintering sites. Last year’s count had over 200 volunteers with 44 individuals who counted every day.

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New giant snail population discovered in Florida

Florida’s Giant African Land Snail eradication effort, which has already eradicated more than 140,000 snails, is still top priority for the state due to the discovery of a new population of giant snails in another part of Florida.

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Bed bug webinar available online

The recorded webinar “Lowering Costs with an In-House Bed Bug Preventions and Management Plan” is now up online here: http://stoppests.org/vtechbedbug

On that same page you will find a link to the questions and answers asked during and after the webinar, the slides from the presentation, and other helpful links.

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NC State receives $12.4 million to improve sweet potatoes

by Mick Kulikowski

North Carolina State University will receive $12.4 million over the next four years from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve a crop that is an important food staple in sub-Saharan Africa – the sweet potato.

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