Press Releases

Annapolis, MD; June 28, 2017—The next editor-in-chief of American Entomologist, the quarterly magazine of the Entomological Society of America, will be Kevin L. Steffey, Ph.D., retired professor of entomology and extension educator at the University of Illinois, as well as retired technology transfer leader with Dow AgroSciences. The ESA Governing Board has approved Steffey's appointment to succeed Gene Kritsky, Ph.D., who is stepping down as editor-in-chief after a distinguished term of a service....

Annapolis, MD; March 23, 2017—Ready, insect, action! Entomologists, insect enthusiasts, and both professional and amateur videographers are invited to participate in the Entomological Society of America's yearly video contest to showcase the world of insect science....

Annapolis, MD; March 17, 2017—Fungicides commonly used in almond orchards can be harmful to almond growers' primary pollinator: honey bees. According to new research published in the Entomological Society of America's Journal of Economic Entomology, the fungicide iprodione, when used alone or in combination with other common fungicides, leads to a significant reduction in the 10-day survival rate of forager honey bees (Apis mellifera) when they are exposed at rates common to usage in the fiel...

Annapolis, MD; March 10, 2017—An emerging tool in the fight against tick-borne disease, host-targeted bait boxes employ a sneaky trick: turning some of ticks' favorite carriers—small mammals like mice and chipmunks—against them. And a new study in Journal of Medical Entomology shows an improved design has made such bait boxes an increasingly viable addition to integrated tick management practices....

Annapolis, MD; March 8, 2017—Not all bed bugs are created equal, and some of the leading bed bug traps used by pest management professionals are ineffective against species with better climbing abilities than others....

Newport, RI; March 6, 2017—Thousands of insects and a swarm of entomologists will converge on Newport for the 88th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America in mid-March. The meeting will include a free public expo, "It's a Bug's World," for kids and parents on Sunday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the atrium of the Newport Marriott. "It's a Bug's World" will feature interactive displays, demonstrations, artwork, and more....

Annapolis, MD; February 21, 2017—The Entomological Society of America (ESA) endorses the March for Science to be held on April 22. The guiding principles of ESA, a non-partisan scientific society, recognize that the discipline of entomology is global, that all of its members must be able to participate fully in the organization, and that entomologists must collaborate with government and the public to maximize the positive benefits insect science offers to the world. The stated goals and principles of the March for Science align closely with these strategic principles of ESA....

Annapolis, MD; February 20, 2017—Pest ants like the red imported fire ant could be controlled more effectively with insecticide baits that can withstand moisture, say researchers with the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS). A comparison study published today in Journal of Economic Entomology shows a water-resistant ant bait offers a significant advantage over currently available baits, which break down when wet....

Annapolis, MD; February 16, 2017—In a crowded marketplace of products advertised to repel mosquitoes, consumers are wise to trust spray-on repellents containing DEET or PMD, say researchers at New Mexico State University. In a comparison study of several mosquito-repellent products, "wearable" devices such as bracelets or sonic repellers were found to be largely ineffective in repelling Aedes aegypti mosquitoes....

Annapolis, MD; February 1, 2017—The Entomological Society of America is looking for the finest specimens of insect photography for inclusion in the next edition of the World of Insects Calendar. Submissions are now being accepted....

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