Press Releases

Bed Bug Infestation Reports are Higher During Summer

Annapolis, MD; January 9, 2014 -- A new study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology titled "Spatial and Temporal Patterns in Cimex lectularius (Hemiptera: Cimicidae) Reporting in Philadelphia, PA" looked at four years of bed bug reports to the city of Philadelphia, and found that infestations have been increasing and were at their highest in August and lowest in February.  The findings point to two possible peak times to strike and eliminate the bugs.

Cockroach Reappears after 49 Million Year Hiatus

Annapolis, MD; January 6, 2014 -- The cockroach in the genus Ectobius is a major textbook example of an invasive organism, and it is the most common cockroach inhabiting a large region from northernmost Europe to southernmost Africa.

Ectobius has a long fossil history in Europe, occurring in Baltic amber that is about 44 million-years old, and its lineage was believed to have been exclusively from the Old World. However, a shocking new discovery has uprooted that view. In fact, it now appears that Ectobius may have originated in the New World.

Rearing Stink Bugs for Biological Control

Annapolis, MD; January 5, 2014 -- Many people think of stink bugs as pests, especially as the brown marmorated stink bugs spreads throughout the U.S. However, certain stink bugs are beneficial, such as Podisus nigrispinus (Dallas), a predatory stink bug that is considered an important biological control agent for various insect pests of cotton, soybean, tomato, corn, kale, and other crops.

Seven New Species of Nearctic Wasps Discovered

Annapolis, MD; January 4, 2014 -- After studying specimens from the Nearctic deposited in the United States National Museum of Natural History and some specimens in the Canadian National Collection of Insects, researchers have found 16 new species of wasps from the Nearctic region, and they've described seven new species.

Sweetpotato Weevils Differentially Attracted to Colors

Annapolis, MD; January 3, 2014 -- The sweetpotato weevil, Cylas formicarius (Fabricius), is the most serious pest of sweetpotato around the world, damaging sweetpotatoes in the field and in storage. Because the larval period is spent within vines or tubers, and the adults are nocturnal, chemical control frequently is not effective.

ESA Thanks 2013 Peer Reviewers

Annapolis, MD; January 2, 2014 -- The Editors-in-Chief and the subject editors of the ESA journals thank the scientists who dedicated their valuable professional time and expertise to peer-reviewing manuscripts submitted for publication in ESA journals.

The quality and scientific stature of the journals depend on the conscientious efforts of these individuals.

The following links list the scientists who served as reviewers for 2013:

- Annals of the Entomological Society of America

Meet the Beetles -- the Xyleborini of New Guinea

Annapolis, MD; December 17, 2013 -- Xyleborini is one of the most diverse and abundant groups of scolytine beetles worldwide, and they are also becoming very important invasive insect pests around the globe. In the U.S., the redbay beetle is threatening the existence of the avocado industry in Florida, and Asian ambrosia beetles are replacing native fauna throughout the southeastern U.S. and are attacking trees in nurseries.

Call for Symposia for Entomology 2014

Annapolis, MD; December 16, 2013 -- The Entomological Society of America (ESA) is calling for symposia ideas for Entomology 2014, the society's 62nd Annual Meeting to be held in Portland, Oregon, November 16-19, 2014.

Cold-tolerant Cockroach from Asia Found in New York

Annapolis, MD; December 9, 2013 -- With winter’s arrival comes the kind of news that may give New Yorkers the creeps. A species of cockroach never found in the United States before has been positively identified in Manhattan.

New Rearing Method to Control Western Bean Cutworm

Annapolis, MD; December 9, 2013 -- The western bean cutworm is a destructive insect pest of dry beans and corn. Inadequate protocols for laboratory rearing of this insect have hindered controlled efficacy experimentation in the laboratory and field.