Pest Control

Methyl bromide transition program accepting applications

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has released the Methyl Bromide Transition (MBT) Request for Applications (RFA). The MBT program supports the discovery and implementation of practical pest management alternatives for commodities and uses affected by... more »

Time to monitor black stem borer

The black stem borer (Xylosandrus germanus) is a small (2 millimeters) ambrosia beetle that becomes active in spring after one or two consecutive days of temperatures 68 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, often coinciding with forsythia... more »

Broad spectrum insecticides can flare spider mites

Broad spectrum insecticides, including materials like pyrethroids (IRAC Group 3 materials), organophosphates (IRAC Group 1B), and carbamates (IRACvGroup 1A) have been demonstrated by our laboratory and lots of other entomologists to flare spider mite populations... more »

SWD damage observed in South Carolina strawberries

Last week, South Carolina cooperative extension personnel issued a pest alert for drosophila damage in strawberries. It is impossible to visually distinguish drosophila larvae between species, but if fruit appear otherwise undamaged (meaning they have no holes,... more »

Native predators impact BMSB more than expected

Research recently appearing in the journal Biological Control may change how we view native predators of the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB). BMSB is an invasive species that was accidentally introduced to the United States... more »

SWMREC to host Spring Kick-Off Meeting for grape growers

Berrien County Michigan State University Extension announced the first of several in-season Integrated Pest Management meetings for grape growers. The Spring Kick-off Meeting, will be on April 4, at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center in... more »

Researchers study pest management solutions

Researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) are intensifying their efforts, after receiving a $173,151 grant from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, to study novel, non-spray control methods for invasive fruit pests. The two-year project... more »

WSU Extension to host grape pest management workshop

Grape pest and disease management for growers in western Washington will be discussed in a hands-on workshop on Saturday, March 19, at the Stillaguamish Grange, 6521 Pioneer Hwy., Stanwood, Washington. Space is limited and pre-paid... more »


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