Don’t make it a Happy New Year for Pests

The following article is in the Texas School Pest News but contains tips for all of us who are anticipating a long break for the holidays.

As we come to the end of December and before you leave for the holidays please remember these tips so when you return you won’t be returning to unexpected guests. Continue reading

Neonicotinoid-resistant thrips showing up in North Carolina

In Southeast Farm Press

North Carolina now has neonicotinoid-resistant thrips; not a good thing for cotton producers in the state, said Dominic Reisig, North Carolina State University Extension entomologist.

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Cankerworm moths lay eggs now; larvae will eat leaves in spring

by Amitha A. Narayanan, a graduate student in NC State’s Technical Communication program.

In NCSU News

It is the time of the year when you might be thinking of snuggling up with hot chocolate and your favorite book, but female cankerworm moths are hard at work – laying the foundation for an invasion that you won’t notice until this spring.

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North Carolina boll weevil assessment remains at $1 per acre

In Southeast Farm Press

The board of the Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation of North Carolina has set the 2015 boll weevil assessment at $1 per acre of cotton, keeping the fee the same as in 2014.

The fee supports the foundation’s efforts to monitor cotton acreage in North Carolina for any re-introduction of the boll weevil and to respond promptly with eradication treatments if necessary.

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Texas School Pest News has some good articles of general interest

Do you see a lot more crickets around your yard? If you’re in an area of drought, how do you save your trees, and what could be killing them? How should teachers and school administrators deal with bed bugs in school? Whether or not you live in Texas, this month’s School Pest News from the Texas School IPM Program has some good advice for anyone in the South facing these issues.