Press Releases

Bug-bomb Foggers Are No Match for Bed Bugs

Lanham, MD; June 3, 2012 -- Consumer products known as "bug bombs" or "foggers" have been sold for decades for use against many common household insects. However, recent research published in the Journal of Economic Entomology (JEE) shows these products to be ineffective against bed bugs.

Scientists Recommend Larger Refuges for Bt Corn

Lanham, MD; June 3, 2012 -- Transgenic crops that produce insect-killing proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) have reduced reliance on insecticide sprays since 1996. Yet, just as insects become resistant to conventional insecticides, they also can evolve resistance to the Bt proteins in transgenic crops. Thus, to delay pest resistance, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has required farmers to plant "refuges" of crops that do not produce Bt proteins near Bt crops. But how much refuge acreage is enough?

Experts Improve ESA ACE Program

Lanham, MD; May 9, 2012 -- A panel of ten insect pest-control experts convened in Annapolis, MD recently to review and improve the Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) program, a certification program run by the Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation (ESACC) which seeks to raise the ever-increasing level of professionalism in the pest control industry by developing standards for applicators. Applicants for certification must meet minimum standards, be certified operators in at least one state, and pass an examination.

New Rearing System May Aid Mosquito Control

Lanham, MD; May 7, 2012 – The requirement for efficient mosquito mass-rearing technology has been one of the major obstacles preventing the large scale application of the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) against mosquitoes.

Insect Scientists to Meet in Lincoln, NE in June

Lanham, MD; May 7, 2012 – More than 300 entomologists from the United States and Canada will attend the 67th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America's North Central Branch in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska, June 3-6, 2012 at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Bark Beetle Management in Southern Pine Forests

Lanham, MD; April 23, 2012 -- Periodic outbreaks of bark beetles can cause annual losses of millions of dollars and pose serious challenges for forest managers, and the suppression of outbreaks is particularly difficult and expensive.

AZM Alternatives Against Codling Moth

Lanham, MD; April 19, 2012 -- Azinphos-methyl (AZM) has been the most used insecticide in apple production in the United States since the late 1960s, primarily as a control for the codling moth, but a decision by the EPA to phase out AZM by 2012 signals the end of this product's use by tree fruit growers.

Exotic Manure is Sure to Lure the Dung Connoisseur

Lanham, MD; April 12, 2012 – Although the preference of dung beetles for specific types and conditions of dung has been given substantial attention, little has been done to investigate their preference for dung from exotic mammals found on game farms or rewilding projects.

Don’t Bug Out Over Warmer Weather

Lanham, MD; April 9, 2012 – This year’s mild winter and early spring have prompted many media reports that insect populations are certain to increase in unprecedented numbers this year. However, leaders of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) say there are many other things that contribute to insect activity, including rainfall, humidity, predator populations, and other factors.

For example, mosquitoes require standing water for their eggs to hatch and for their larvae to develop.

More than 100 Symposia at Entomology 2012

Lanham, MD; April 4, 2012 -- Entomology 2012, the 60th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), will feature more than 100 symposia on insects and related arthropods, November 11-14, 2012 in Knoxville, TN.