Pest Control

MSU Extension, media reports optimistic about Michigan blueberry harvest

Blueberry harvest continues in Michigan. According to a July 30 report from Michigan State University Extension Fruit Educator Mark Longstroth, growers were still harvesting Bluecrop and other early midseason varieties. Harvest of Jersey has begun. Hand-harvest crews... more »

APHIS provides an update on spotted lanternfly activities

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) provides this update of spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula, SLF) locations in Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. This invasive pest feeds on more than 70 types... more »

Biological control of brown marmorated stink bug in Michigan

Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), an invasive pest from Asia, has by now established across most of Michigan since its first detection in 2010. You can find them in all sorts of habitats from woodlots... more »

Pennsylvania rolls out quarantine classes for spotted lanternfly

Pennsylvania is readying its quarantine effort for spotted lanternflies found in 14 counties of the state that are affected. Spotted Lanternflies, an invasive planthopper species that attacks fruit trees, was discovered in Berks County, Pennslyvania,... more »

Certis USA introduces Firefighter for protection against fire and harvester ants

Certis USA, the leader in biopesticides, has expanded their portfolio of effective insect bait products with the introduction of Firefighter Fire Ant Bait, a spinosad product with an innovative mode of action that shows proven... more »

Managing bird damage on fruit farms

Many birds, especially robins, starlings, cedar waxwings and grackles, eat fruit –wild or farmed – when it is available. Robins generally feed as individuals, waxwings in small flocks up to 10 birds, while grackles and... more »

ALLUMA marketed as a biological ‘synergist’ for insecticides

Visalia, California-based Sym-Agro is marketing a product for making tank mixes of insecticide more effective on fruit and vegetable plants. The product, brand name ALLUMA, is a high-potency broad-spectrum, plant-based... more »

WSU scientists unmask humble earwig as an apple-protecting predator

Helping Northwest apple growers protect their crops, WSU scientists have found new proof that earwigs are actually valuable predators in apple orchards, rather than the creepy, crawly, apple-damaging pests they’re sometimes assumed to be. In... more »

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