Have you Checked your Trees Lately? A Routine Check-up of Trees Saves Lives & Property

You are invited to attend the latest Live Webinar sponsored by: Southern Regional Extension Forestry.

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Tips for managing spring Insect pests

posted in the IPM Communicator by Ann Chambliss, Alabama Cooperative Extension Service

There are thousands of insects in residential ecosystems, most of which emerge in response to the weather, temperature in particular. Spring weather conditions can change considerably from year to year, so can the time to take action against a certain insect. For centuries, people have used plant phenology (blooms, leaf flush) as nature’s signs to set up wasp traps and mend window screens to fend off house flies. Phenology uses the correlation of recurring seasonal plant and insect life cycle stages, rather than calendar date, to predict the activity of pests.

Though the exact dates of emergence of the same species may vary from year to year, pest emergence around homes in Alabama occurs in a very similar order every year. The temperature-dependent biology of insects makes them better in tune with an ever changing climate, than the calendar. Continue reading


Online registration is now available for the 9th International IPM Symposium that will be held March 19-22, 2018, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The symposium will be held at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. Register now and take advantage of the early bird price of $375. The registration fee includes admission to all symposium sessions, Wednesday poster session reception, three continental breakfasts, and refreshment breaks. The special price is good until February 19. For registration visit https://ipmsymposium.org/2018/registration.html 

Program: CHANGE IN FORMAT: The Symposium opens on Monday, March 19 at 5:00 PM with a keynote presentation by Dr. Dini M. Miller, Professor, Virginia Tech University, and Urban Pest Management Specialist, State of Virginia. Dr. Miller is an internationally recognized expert in the area of urban pest management, specializing in bed bug and German cockroach biology, behavior, and control. The 2018 IPM Achievement Awards will also be presented on Monday evening. Continue reading

Why lady beetles enter your house in winter and how to keep them out

In Extension Daily, Alabama Cooperative Extension News

by Sarah Buck, Alabama Cooperative Extension Service

When temperatures begin to drop, the multicolored Asian lady beetle makes a move. Believe it or not, it wants to come inside your home. These orange and black ladybugs are notorious for congregating on the sides of buildings during fall months and moving indoors when given the opportunity. Awareness of the multicolored Asian lady beetle and understanding why it invades homes  is key to preventing an infestation before it begins.

As one of the world’s most invasive insects, the Asian lady beetle ( Harmonia azyridis) is often seen as a pest because of its tendency to enter homes, have an unpleasant odor and leave stains on fabrics or walls. Although the beetle can be a pest, it also serves a valuable role in the environment. Continue reading

Bed bug webinar available online

The recorded webinar “Lowering Costs with an In-House Bed Bug Preventions and Management Plan” is now up online here: http://stoppests.org/vtechbedbug

On that same page you will find a link to the questions and answers asked during and after the webinar, the slides from the presentation, and other helpful links.

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CABI publishing new book on sustainable urban insect pest management

CABI is in the process of publishing a new book on urban insect pest management:

Urban Insect Pest : Sustainable Management Strategies (http://www.cabi.org/bookshop/book/9781780642758 ) By Partho Dhang

CABI is an international not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. Through knowledge sharing and science, CABI helps address issues of global concern, such as safeguarding the environment and improving global food security. For more information, go to www.cabi.org.

New webinar on controlling fire ants in vegetable gardens

WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT – How to Control Fire Ants in Vegetable Gardens, Around Ponds, and In Electrical Equipment – April 5, 1:00 PM Central Daylight time.

Vicky Bertagnolli, an Extension Agent and Master Gardener Coordinator with Clemson University, and Dr. Bastiaan Drees, a Professor of Entomology with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are the presenters. The webinar is sponsored by eXtension and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.  The webinar series is coordinated by the Imported Fire Ant eXtension Community of Practice.

For more information, see –http://www.extension.org/pages/67548

On April 5, participants can use this link to connect to the webinar – https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/fireant

Structural Entomology Educational Opportunity in Knoxville

ESA is proud to announce, “Under the Lens: The Science of Urban Pest Management“, November 14 at the downtown Knoxville Hilton, a full day of educational sessions that focus on topics ranging from advanced techniques in bed bug management to spiders, ticks, and mites. This new educational program will be held concurrently with the final day of Entomology 2012, and is targeted at the urban pest management industry. Please help ESA spread the word about this important new meeting.

Read more online at www.entocert.org/pmp-training.