Entomologists to holiday travelers: Don’t let the bedbugs bite

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists say a few simple practices can help holiday travelers deal with bedbug infestations and avoid spreading the pest.

“All it takes is one traveler with bedbugs in their luggage to stay at a hotel and that hotel can become infested,” said Dr. Mike Merchant, AgriLife Extension urban entomologist in Dallas. “Unless the problem is noticed and dealt with right away, the next hotel visitor may end up bitten or bringing home some unwanted hitchhikers.” Continue reading

Tribal Pesticide Program Council Meeting – March 8-10, 2017

The Tribal Pesticide Program Council (TPPC) will hold its next semiannual meeting on March 8 and 9, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) in Crystal City, Virginia, at One Potomac Yard, Room S4370/80, and on March 10 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Room S7100. Tentative agenda topics include a discussion on the status of the pesticides in Indian Country report, a presentation on the FIFRA statute, and discussions on the following:

  • EPA’s draft Bed Bug Outreach Plan for tribes;
  • Pesticide risk assessments and EPA’s consideration of sensitive populations;
  • 2016 revisions to the Certification and Training Rule and how it will affect tribes; and
  • Successful risk communication techniques for tribal pesticide inspectors and managers.

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Two AgriLife Research entomologists co-author bedbug genome mapping paper

Editor’s note: the word bedbug in the journal article is split into two words, because that is the official common name recognized by the Entomological Society of America. However, AP style dictates it to be one word, hence it is one word throughout this release except in the official journal article title.

by Steve Byrns, Texas A&M AgriLife

Two Texas A&M AgriLife Research entomologists are among a team of some 80 international scientists whose work in sequencing the genome of the bedbug was published in the scientific journal Nature Communications on Feb. 2.

The AgriLife Research team members from College Station who were part of the two-year project are Dr. Ed Vargo, Endowed Chair in Urban and Structural Entomology headquartered in the Rollins Urban and Structural Entomology Facility, and Dr. Spencer Johnston in Texas A&M University’s department of entomology. Continue reading