University of Kentucky entomologist details ways to prevent tick bites

By Katie Pratt, University of Kentucky

Tick season is underway and a University of Kentucky entomologist is reminding Kentuckians to take precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones from tick bites.

“In tick-prone areas, check yourself, children and other family members every two hours, and very thoroughly after returning home from hikes and other outdoor activities,” said Lee Townsend, UK extension entomologist in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “Common places to find ticks are behind the knees, around the waist, under arms, neck and head.” Continue reading

Fruit flies pose food safety risk

Fruit flies have long been a source of annoyance for restaurant, foodservice and food processing operators. But now, new research shows that these tiny pests can play a more sinister role: spreading illness-inducing bacterial pathogens to food and food preparation surfaces.

The study, conducted by scientists at Ecolab, the leading provider of pest elimination solutions to the foodservice, food processing and food retail industries, was recently published in the Journal of Food Protection *. The study found evidence of fruit flies’ ability to transfer harmful bacteria from a contaminated source to surfaces or ready-to-eat food. Fruit flies are present in more than half of foodservice facilities, according to data collected by Ecolab’s field team, which provides both comprehensive and localized treatment options for small flies. Continue reading

Pesticide Resistance Needs Attention, Large-Scale Study

To slow the evolutionary progression of weeds and insect pests gaining resistance to herbicides and pesticides, policymakers should provide resources for large-scale, landscape-level studies of a number of promising but untested approaches for slowing pest evolution. Such landscape studies are now more feasible because of new genomic and technological innovations that could be used to compare the efficacy of strategies for preventing weed and insect resistance.

That’s the takeaway recommendation from a North Carolina State University review paper addressing pesticide resistance published today in the journal Science. Continue reading

All Bugs Good or Bad on Pollinators June 1

Join us for the presentation on Friday, June 1 at 2:00 PM Eastern time.  Texas AgriLife IPM Program Specialist Molly Keck will speak on ‘How to Attract Pollinators to Our Yard.’  Last year in the series, we met many of our native pollinators.  This year we will learn the fundamentals for creating  a pollinator oasis in our landscape.

Please help us get the word out and join us live for the presentation by clicking on the webinar link (https://auburn.zoom.us/j/209793415 ) up to 15 minutes before the presentation is set to begin. Note: The above URL might change. When it’s time for the webinar to begin, please visit this page to get the correct URL. Continue reading

EPA to Host June 21, 2018, Webinar on Strategy to Ensure Effectiveness of Hospital Disinfectants

The Environmental Protection Agency will host a listening session via webinar to seek stakeholders’ input on the development of a risk-based product testing strategy to ensure continued effectiveness of hospital disinfectant products. The listening session is part of the Agency’s response to EPA’s Office of Inspector General’s recommendations on this issue.

The webinar will be held June 21 from 1-3 p.m. ET. Registration is required for all attendees. Continue reading

MS/PhD assistantship available to work on bermudagrass mite

The turf and ornamentals entomology program at Clemson University is looking for a MS or PhD student to work on a project developing management approaches for bermudagrass mite in turfgrass system. A MS project will evaluate integrated cultural and chemical management approaches against bermudagrass mite, whereas a PhD project will include additional studies  to understand the life cycle and seasonal biology/pest status of bermudagrass mite. Most project activities will be conducted at Pee Dee Research and Education Center (in Florence, SC), and sod farms and golf courses along the coastal plains of SC. Continue reading