Register for February 23 Webinar on Pest Prevention by Design in Schools

On February 23rd, EPA’s Center of Expertise for School IPM will offer a webinar titled Pest Prevention by Design in Schools, highlighting the San Francisco Department of Environment and International Code Council’s Pest Prevention by Design Guidelines. The guidelines provide school administrators, facility managers, architects, engineers, and builders with information on designing pests out of buildings. Join us to learn how you can better incorporate pest prevention by design principles in your school district’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. Continue reading

Draft Pest Risk Assessment Review and Comment: Expansion Fresh Citrus Fruit From Australia

The government of Australia has requested the U.S. expand the areas in Australia from which citrus can be imported into the continental United States. Australian citrus from APHIS-approved areas of New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia has been imported into the United States for close to 20 years. APHIS has drafted a pathway-initiated risk assessment for this request.

The comment period will close in 30 days.

If you would like to review the document or provide comments, refer to the Stakeholder Risk Assessment Consultation page at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant-health/risk-assessment-consultation.

Integrated Tick Management Symposium: Solving America’s Tick-Borne Disease Problem

Integrated Tick Management Symposium:
Solving America’s Tick-Borne Disease Problem

May 16-17, 2016
Washington, D.C.

Plan to join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Entomological Society of America and the IPM Institute of North America in Washington, DC for the Integrated Tick Management Symposium: Solving America’s Tick-Borne Disease Problem.

The symposium will address the below areas.  To view the agenda, click here. Continue reading

New experimental method may aid in earlier detection of Lyme disease

From Health Medicine Network

When it comes to early diagnosis of Lyme disease, the insidious tick-borne illness that afflicts about 300,000 Americans annually, finding the proverbial needle in the haystack might be a far easier challenge–until now, perhaps. An experimental method developed by federal and university researchers appears capable of detecting the stealthy culprit Lyme bacteria at the earliest time of infection, when currently available tests are often still negative.

The team suggests the approach might also be useful for early detection of other elusive bacterial infections. The collaborators–from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research, and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine–recently reported the successful first trial of their new method. Continue reading

Bt corn trait selection determines caterpillar pest control

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife

Newly introduced caterpillar control technology has corn producers weighing the benefits of paying more for multiple toxin Bt corn seed, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist.

The decision will depend on what pests are in the field, said Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist in Amarillo.

“If you grow corn in the northern Panhandle and traditionally battle western bean cutworm, then the more toxins the better,” Bynum said. Continue reading