Category Archives: Pest Management

Aphids and Syrphids, Living With Ants

Hover fly larvae, like most fly larvae are maggots and relatively sedentary.  Female hover flies lay eggs on plants with aphids, the primary food of predatory hover fly larvae. If aphid populations are adequate, development and survival to the pupa … Continue reading

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Living With Apple Maggot

Apple maggots are pests of apples in the Eastern United States where active control measures are necessary.  Apple maggots overwinter as pupae, lay eggs on apples in summer and pupate in the soil in fall. The apple maggot can develop … Continue reading

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Return of the Gypsy Moth

Like zombies that never die, gypsy moths are back on the Purdue campus. Gypsy moths were first reported in 2013 in an area known as Duhme Woods. In 2014, the State of Indiana conducted a gypsy moth eradication program. Eradication … Continue reading

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Living With Pollinators

Purdue Extension has a new publication PROTECTING POLLINATORS IN AGRONOMIC CROP PRODUCTION with suggestions for growing crops in a manner that reduces harm to pollinators. Insecticide use on crops such as corn and soybeans can have negative impacts on pollinators. … Continue reading

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Living With Restricted Use Pesticides

The Amarillo Globe News has reported tragic deaths of 4 children after exposure to phosphine gas. Phosphine is a toxic gas that inhibits cellular respiration; it acts at the same enzyme target site as cyanide.  Pesticide formulations for phosphine release … Continue reading

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Insect Calendars

2017 is a new year, which means fans of wall calendars will need a new one. The original wall calendars consisted of numbers: functional but boring. To differentiate their calendars, publishers began including photos and art work to appeal to … Continue reading

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Christmas Tree Insects

Christmas trees are popular holiday decorations. Occasionally, the carefully selected tree will harbor a number of insects and small arthropods. These may be a nuisance but are typically not harmful. Penn State has a guide to commonly encountered insects and … Continue reading

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