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Viruses Can Change Your Scent to Make You More Attractive to Mosquitoes, New Research in Mice Finds

Mosquitoes are the world’s deadliest animal. Over 1 million deaths per year are attributed to mosquito-borne diseases, including malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, Zika and chikungunya fever. How mosquitoes seek out and feed on their hosts are important factors in how a virus circulates in nature. Mosquitoes spread diseases by acting as carriers of viruses and other pathogens: A… Read more »

Pollinator Haven: Create a Toxin-Free Yard for Critical Critters

The IPM Institute of North America’s community integrated pest management manager, Ryan Anderson, discussed managing toxin-free lawns in a recently published article by Natural Awakenings: Aimée Code has stopped trying to grow roses in her Eugene, Oregon, backyard, where the ground is too muddy for them to flourish. If we stick to plants that do… Read more »

Pesticides Are Spreading Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals,’ Scientists Warn

Scientists have been raising growing concerns for decades over the use of toxic “forever chemicals,” so called because their strong molecular bonds can take hundreds of years to completely break down in the environment. Widely used in consumer products such as cookware and clothing, these substances are turning up everywhere from drinking water to our… Read more »

California Court Ruling Opens Door for Protection of Insects as Endangered Species

A California court has ruled that state legislation on endangered species can apply to invertebrates. The decision this week by the Third District Court of Appeal means insects, including four endangered native Californian bumblebee species and the monarch butterfly, will receive much-needed protection under the California Endangered Species Act. “We are celebrating today’s decision that insects and… Read more »

Glyphosate Weed Killer Damages Wild Bee Colonies, Study Reveals

The critical ability of wild bumblebees to keep their colonies at the right temperature is seriously damaged by the weed killer glyphosate, research has revealed. Glyphosate is the most widely used pesticide in history, intended to kill only plants. The harm to bumblebees – vital pollinators – was not identified in regulatory risk assessments, which… Read more »

Traps Deployed for Early Detection of Spotted Lanternfly

PORTLAND, N.Y. — During May, members of the Cornell Lake Erie Regional Grape Program set up 7 traps in the region to monitor for the presence of Spotted Lanternfly.  The New York State Integrated Pest Management program has provided both circle traps and sticky band traps to deploy in the area in an effort to… Read more »

EPA Awards Cooperative Agreement to ECA and Penn State for Urban IPM Technician Training Program

The Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) in partnership with Penn State’s PA IPM program has received a cooperative agreement of $200,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct the Urban Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Technician Training program. The IPM training program’s emphasis is to train local Philadelphia residents in pest control and pest management… Read more »

Three of Northeast SARE’s Grant Programs Are Now Accepting Preproposals

As part of Northeast SARE’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Strategic Plan, they will be examining their grant programs and procedures and may make structural changes to their grantmaking systems. To accommodate that work, these grant programs may not reopen for preproposals in 2023. Research and Education Grants Typical projects range from $30,000 to $250,000… Read more »

Agenda Announced and Registration Open for the 2022 Tick Academy

Please join the Tick IPM Working Group for the third annual Tick Academy.   The Tick Academy is the premier event for researchers, educators, students, public health professionals, pest control professionals, public-space managers and citizen scientists interested in learning more about what they can do to stop the spread of ticks and tickborne diseases in their… Read more »

EPA’s Strategic Plan Includes an Unprecedented Investment in Taking Decisive Action to Advance Environmental Justice and Civil Rights

EPA Region 5, based in Chicago, is soon going to be hiring people to join us in meeting this commitment. This work calls for scientific capacity to help the Agency identify and address disproportionate and cumulative environmental and human health impacts as we carry out our programs. It also calls for partnership and coordination –… Read more »