Press Releases

Bed Bugs Not Repelled by Ultrasonic Devices

Lanham, MD; December 10, 2012 – Alternative means of controlling urban insect pests by using ultrasonic frequencies are available and marketed to the public. However, few of these devices have been demonstrated as being effective in repelling insect pests such as mosquitoes, cockroaches, or ants. Despite the lack of evidence for the efficacy of such devices, they continue to be sold and new versions targeting bed bugs are readily available.

New Emphasis on Integrative and Comparative Insect Biology

Lanham, MD; November 28, 2012 – Annals of the Entomological Society of America recently announced a new emphasis on integrative and comparative insect biology, and is calling for authors' contributions.

Winners of the 2012 ESA YouTube Contest Announced

Lanham, MD; November 15, 2012 – The winners of the 2012 ESA YouTube Your Entomology were announced Sunday, November 11 during the awards ceremony at Entomology 2012 in Knoxville, TN.

Each winner received a $200 cash prize and a Stinger award trophy.

The winners and finalists for each category and links to the videos can be found below:

Research/Discovery Category

Issues with “Least Toxic Pesticides” Applied as “Last Resort”

Lanham, MD; November 12, 2012 – Recommendations and decisions to use “least toxic pesticides” and “pesticides as a last resort” have flourished in the last decade, but according to three scientific organizations – the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), the American Phytopathological Society (APS) and the Plant-Insect Ecosystems Section of the Entomological Society of America (P-IE ESA) – these are not the correct approaches to the pesticide component of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program.

YouTube Your Entomology Contest Finalists Announced

Lanham, MD; Oct 9, 2012 – The members of the judging panel for the 2012 ESA YouTube Your Entomology contest have chosen the finalists for each of the four categories.

The winners from each category will be announced at Entomology 2012, ESA's 60th Annual Meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee, November 11-14, 2012. Each winner will receive a $200 cash prize and a Stinger award trophy.

The finalists for each category and links to the videos can be found below:

Insects Found in Nearly 50% of Retail Firewood

Lanham, MD; Oct 9, 2012 – A new study published in the Journal of Economic Entomology reports that live insects were found in 47% of firewood bundles purchased from big box stores, gas stations and grocery stores in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

ESA Selects Liaison to EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs

Lanham, MD; Oct 1, 2012 – Dr. Mark E. Whalon, professor of entomology and the director of the Center for Integrated Plant Systems at Michigan State University, has been selected by the Entomological Society of America (ESA) as its second Subject Matter Expert (SME) and Liaison to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs. Dr. Whalon succeeds Dr. Gene Reagan of Louisiana State University, who clearly demonstrated the value of the role to the US-EPA and the ESA.

Tadpole Shrimp a New Rice Pest in the Midsouth

Lanham, MD; September 28, 2012 -- Tadpole shrimp are pests of rice production systems in California and have recently been found impacting Missouri and Arkansas rice fields. The shrimp feed on rice seedlings and uproot them during foraging, and their foraging behavior causes water to become muddy, which reduces light penetration to submerged seedlings and delays the development of the rice plant.

An Old Pest Reemerges in Organic Orchards

Lanham, MD; September 28, 2012 -- The apple flea weevil, a sporadic insect pest in the early 1900s, has reemerged as a severe pest in organic apple orchards in Michigan, where outbreak population levels have been observed since 2008, and damage has resulted in up to 90% losses for apple growers.

Biology and Management of the Green Stink Bug

Lanham, MD; September 26, 2012 -- The green stink bug is one of the most damaging native stink bug species in the United States. Stink bugs feeding on cotton, soybeans, tomatoes, peaches, and other crops can result in cosmetic damage as well as reduced quality and yield.