Natural enemy suppresses kudzu bug population

By Julie Jernigan, University of Georgia

A tiny wasp — known as “Paratelenomus saccharalis” — is cutting down kudzu bug populations and Georgia soybean farmers’ need to treat for the pest, according to Michael Toews, a University of Georgia entomologist based on the UGA Tifton campus.

The wasp, an egg parasitoid and natural enemy of the kudzu bug, is saving soybean farmers time and money. Continue reading

Integrated Pest Management Controls Water Hyacinth

Water hyacinth control had evaded land managers for many years and choked the life out of lakes and ponds. In the late 1990s, researchers from Florida discovered that the aquatic weed could be most effectively controlled through integrated pest management.

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