It’s time for spiders!

Fall and Halloween usually bring attention to creepy, crawly, scary spiders. While it’s fun to pretend they are scary and gross, October is also the time of year when a lot of spiders become active and lay their egg sacs – especially spiders found in the garden. The truth about spiders is that most are absolutely harmless to us! Spiders are an excellent beneficial insect to keep around in the garden and landscape. Many are active hunters and all feed on other insects. Without you realizing, they may be keeping your whitefly, leafhopper and aphid populations down.

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EPA Finds Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments of Little or No Benefit to U.S. Soybean Production

On October 16, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an analysis of the benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments for insect control in soybeans.  A Federal Register notice inviting the public to comment on the analysis will publish in the near future.

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SWD’s favorite aroma may lure it to its death

In ARS News

By Jan Suszkiw

A blend of odors that attracts spotted wing drosophila flies (SWD) has been developed into a new lure product for improved monitoring and control of these tree-fruit and berry pests.

The blend is a combination of four different chemicals found in the aromas of both wine and vinegar. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) entomologist Peter Landolt and research associate Dong Cha, along with their Oregon Department of Agriculture colleagues, isolated the chemicals and evaluated them extensively in laboratory and field trials.

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APHIS seeks comments on wasp release to control citrus greening

In Southwest Farm Press

USDA-APHIS officials are asking for public comments before the Oct. 20 closing date concerning a preliminary environmental assessment on a plan that would release endoparasitoid predator wasps in select citrus-growing regions as part of a proposed strategy to help control Asian citrus psyllids (ACP) and Huanglongbing (HLB) disease that threatens the U.S. citrus industry.

Interested individuals can file comments by either of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0078.
  • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2014-0078, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.

Read the entire article in Southwest Farm Press.