Palm Beach, Florida recently approved a special pick-up program that would remove Ficus benjamina from private properties at no cost to residents. Fiscus is a flowering plant popular as a hedge, prone to developing white fly infestations that require a heavy pesticide regimen to treat. Read more at the Palm Beach Post.
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A new study has found major benefits to the application of IPM techniques against cockroach and bed bug infestations in multi-family housing units. “In a recent paper published in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management, Changlu Wang, Ph.D., an entomologist at Rutgers University, confirmed the benefits of building-wide integrated pest management (IPM) after applying IPM techniques to a… Read more »
New York has become the latest US state to heavily regulate the neurotoxic insecticide chlorpyrifos after governor Andrew Cuomo announced a total ban on aerial spraying and plans to phase out the chemical completely by December 2020. Read more here.
The European Commission’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed voted last Friday to ban the use of the insecticide chlorpyrifos. The ban is expected to be finalized in January. According to a post-vote European Commission statement, “Experts concluded that concerns related to human health exist, in particular in relation to possible genotoxicity and… Read more »
A University College London-led study, carried out in Brazil and published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, found that wasps are an effective biological control that can manage pests of maize and sugarcane. Read more at Phys.org
A new report, released by the Endangered Species Coalition in partnership with seven member groups, details the ten species most impacted by pesticide pollutants. You can read it here.
A Michigan State University webinar titled “SWD in Space and Time: What do we know about the seasonal biology and movement of SWD?” is scheduled for Nov. 5, 2019, from 1-2:30 p.m. EST. This webinar will present information on the development of spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) populations over time, daily and yearly movement, and winter… Read more »
In a new article published in the international journal Biological Control, three authors affiliated with Cornell University and the IPM Institute of North America call for increasing investment in biologically based approaches to control pests in agriculture. Read the article here.
The Asian Tiger mosquito, typically associated with tropical climates, has been found in Vermont. Although these viruses were not present in specimens found, the insect is a known disease vector for Zika, chikungunya and dengue. Natalie Kwit, public health veterinarian with the Vermont Department of Health, said that while the discovery of Aedes albopictus in… Read more »
The latest issue of ESA (Entomological Society of America) eNews includes several articles relevant to IPM professionals, such as a discussion of entomological infographics, and reporting on new resources and findings regarding the Pecan Nut Casebearer and Japanese Barberry. Read the entire newsletter here.