Category Archives: Pest Management

Living With Formosan Termites

Formosan termites have infested the Gulf Coast of the US since the late 1940s when they hitched a ride on solid wooden packing used to crate returning military equipment. Formosan termites are a threat to wooden structure in New Orleans … Continue reading

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Bed Bug Panic

An alert teacher at Luzerne County High School in Pennsylvania found a bed bug and reported it to the administration. The students were moved to another room so the room could be inspected. Rumors of bed bugs at the high … Continue reading

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Living and Dying With Bed Bugs

A Pennsylvania caretaker is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 96 year old patient. The house where the caretaker lived with her patient was overrun with a large untreated infestation of bed bugs. The cause of death … Continue reading

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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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