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Month: March 2022

Cities are Switching to “Smart” Rat Control

Forget toxic pesticides: The next generation of urban rodent control relies on internet-connected traps that shock or impale a rat or mouse before isolating it in a chamber for disposal. Why it matters: Rat complaints have surged in the aftermath of pandemic lockdowns, and cities are cracking down with renewed vociferousness, appointing “rat czars” and prioritizing citizen complaints about… Read more »

Sustainable Missoula: A Guide to Organic Lawn Care

Turf is the single largest irrigated “crop” in our country, with as many as 10 times more pesticides per acre used on urban lawns than are used in agriculture. However, a change is underway in Missoula.  The City of Missoula and its residents are increasingly embracing non-toxic land care by eliminating the use of synthetic pesticides and… Read more »

Killing Cockroaches with Pesticides is Only Making the Species Stronger

Tens of thousands of people in the U.S. understand the frustration of bad roach infestations. And there may be a good reason why these bugs can be so hard to control. A burgeoning body of data suggests some German roach populations in the country have evolved resistance to pesticides, essentially rendering the chemicals useless. A… Read more »

The Disproportionate Value of ‘Weeds’ to Pollinators and Biodiversity

Abstract Agricultural intensification has been implicated in global biodiversity declines. In the European Union, agri-environmental schemes are designed to address this. For pollinating insects, funding has been provided to sow wildflower mixes. However, previous research indicates that a suite of agricultural weeds are also of great importance to pollinators. Here, we compare the biodiversity associated… Read more »

The 2022 Northeast Integrated Pest Management Research Update Conference is Tomorrow!

March 24, 2022, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT This conference hosted by the Northeastern IPM Center (NEIPMC) will feature updates from active projects funded by the NEIPMC’s Partnership Grants Program. In addition, the online conference will have updates from IPM-related projects funded through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program and USDA-NIFA’s… Read more »

National Organic Program; Notice of Public Listening Session With Request for Comment

The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), National Organic Program (NOP), is announcing a public listening session, with request for comment, regarding upcoming standards development activities, including feedback about specific recommendations received from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). AMS intends to use the information received from public comments to prioritize future… Read more »

Study Reveals Deadly New Tick-borne Virus is Circulating in Georgia

ATLANTA — A potentially deadly new virus is circulating among ticks in Georgia, according to scientists at Emory University. The Heartland virus was first identified in Missouri in 2009 and made two people severely ill. A new study published Wednesday in the academic journal Emerging Infectious Diseases found the virus circulating among Georgia’s most common tick, known… Read more »

Jorō Spiders are Coming for the East Coast

Large Jorō spiders are expected to begin showing up and down the East Coast as early as May, researchers say. Last year, the spider, native to East Asia, appeared in Georgia. The Jorō spider (Trichonephila clavata), an Asian orb weaver species, has become more prevalent in northern Georgia and western South Carolina since its U.S. arrival… Read more »

Farms Following Soil-friendly Practices Grow Healthier Food, Study Suggests

Everyone knows eating fruits and vegetables is good for your health. But these days, stores offer a dizzying array of options: organic, conventional, CSAs, local agriculture. Which ones are best for your health? A new study, published in January in the journal PeerJ, looks at how regenerative farming practices — soil-building techniques that minimize plowing, use… Read more »