Press Releases

Pecan Weevil Biology, Management and Control Strategies

Lanham, MD; February 29, 2012 -- The pecan weevil, Curculio caryae (Horn), is a major pest of pecans throughout the southeastern United States, as well as portions of Texas and Oklahoma.

Southern Insect Scientists to Meet in Little Rock

Lanham, MD; February 27, 2012 -- The 2012 Joint Meeting of the Southeastern and Southwestern Branches of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) will be held March 4-7, 2012 at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas. Southern entomologists from New Mexico to North Carolina will meet to discuss insect pests, invasive species, insect-borne diseases, and other topics.

Green Bugs and Bees Hit Hartford on St. Patrick's Day

Lanham, MD; February 22, 2012 -- Thousands of insects and a swarm of entomologists will converge on Hartford, CT for the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America's Eastern Branch.

IPM for the Southern Pine Beetle

Lanham, MD; February 10, 2012 -- The southern pine beetle, Dendroctonus frontalis Zimmermann, is a chronic insect pest within pine forests in the southeastern United States. Under favorable environmental and host conditions, it is an aggressive, primary bark beetle capable of killing large acreages of pines. Its principal range stretches from east Texas and Oklahoma to the east coast and north to southern New Jersey.

Analysis of Emerald Ash Borer Management Options

Lanham, MD; February 9, 2012 -- The emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis (Fairmaire), an invasive insect from Asia which was first found in the U.S. in the 1990s, has since spread to 15 states and is responsible for the deaths of millions of ash trees. This insect has the potentionl to kill billions more trees and to do several billions of dollars worth of damage.

Indigenous Parasitoids vs. the Light Brown Apple Moth

Lanham, MD; February 8, 2012 -- The light brown apple moth (LBAM), Epiphyas postvittana (Walker), an invasive insect from Australia, was found in California in 2006. The LBAM feeds on apples, pears, stonefruits, citrus, grapes, berries and many other plants. A native of Australia, it has been found in California since 2007. The California Department of Food and Agriculture has spent more than $70 million in CDFA and USDA funds to eradicate the LBAM, and estimates that failure to eradicate it could cost California growers over $133 million per year.

Call for 2013 Insect Calendar Photos

Lanham, MD; February 7, 2012 -- ESA is looking for the best insect photos to grace our “2013 World of Insects Calendar.”  

Photos should be of the highest aesthetic and technical quality. Photographs for the calendar will be selected by the ESA Presidential Committee on the World of Insects Calendar.

The requirements for submission of photos are:

Best Practices for Crane Flies in Sod Production

Lanham, MD; February 2, 2012 -- A new study recently published in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management (JIPM) explains the best management practices for consideration and adoption by sod producers in the northeastern U.S.

CSAW Calls for Support for Agricultural Challenges

ST. PAUL, MN (February 1, 2012) -- The Coalition for a Sustainable Agricultural Workforce (CSAW), of which ESA is a member, sent a clear message to DC this week: help prevent the spread of misconceptions about agriculture and support increasing agricultural research and education funding to meet the challenge of feeding the world.

In a letter sent to U.S. Senate and House members of the Appropriations Subcommittees on Agriculture,CSAW outlined the issues currently at play:

IPM Decreased Pesticide Use in Univ of Florida Housing

Lanham, MD; February 1, 2012 -- A new study recently published in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management (JIPM) shows that from 2003 to 2008, the use of insecticide active ingredients was reduced by about 90% in University of Florida housing buildings after an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program was implemented.