Pest Control

Preparing for gall wasp emergence in Michigan blueberry fields

The Michigan Enviroweather model predicts blueberry gall wasp emergence starting later this week. Blueberry gall wasp is a small insect pest that affects some of the cultivars common in Michigan, with the greatest infestation seen... more »

Spotted wing drosophila active in North Carolina blueberries

The first confirmed adult spotted-wing drosophila (SWD) in commercially grown blueberries for the 2019 growing season was captured early this week in North Carolina. While trap captures at this location were low, roughly three flies... more »

California’s first Medfly threat a significant memory for retiring official

California's first Medfly threat a significant memory for retiring officialCalifornia's first infestation of Medflies was remembered by a longtime official James Deese in a video series from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).... more »

California EPA to cancel chlorpyrifos registrations

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) said May 8 its Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) would ban the use of the pesticide and toxic air contaminant chlorpyrifos in California by... more »

California joins fight against spotted lantern fly

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has awarded funding for one project in the initial funding cycle for the Proactive Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Solutions grant program. The project, titled “Proactive Biological Control of... more »

New webpage makes info on ag pests, disease more accessible

Each year, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) must respond to new threats to America’s agricultural and natural resources often in the form of invasive species or emerging diseases. To raise awareness... more »

Pennsylvania growers struggle with spotted lanternfly

The Mid-Atlantic and Midwest are better known for apple production than wine, but it is winegrape growers who perhaps have the most to lose from the latest pest threatening that region. Spotted lanternfly (SLF) is... more »

Sterile insect releases by drone could target pest control

Researchers in Washington state and Michigan are releasing sterile codling moths by drone as a new technique for keeping “worms” out of apples. Sterile insect releases have for some time been used as an effort... more »


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