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Using natural enemies, predators or parasites of plant pests and other wise methods of pest control
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EPA Takes Action Against Companies That Sell And Import Illegal Pesticides

EPA Takes Action Against Companies That Sell And Import Illegal Pesticides | Natural Pest Control | Scoop.it

In many situations, there are non-chemical methods that will effectively control pests. The EPA recommends the use of alternative methods as part of an overall pest management strategy. The EPA recommends the use of alternative methods as part of an overall pest management strategy.

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“When stores sell illegal pesticides, the health and safety of people are put at risk,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck.

Before a pesticide product is registered, the producer of the product must provide data from tests conducted according to EPA guidelines to ensure that the product will not be harmful to people’s health. The EPA examines the ingredients and the way in which the product will be used, and assesses a wide variety of potential human health and environmental effects associated with its use. Distributors and retailers are responsible for ensuring that all pesticides distributed and sold fully comply with the law. During 2011 and 2012, EPA Region 2 conducted over 250 inspections of retail outlets, and pesticide distributors and importers in New Jersey and New York, removing over 20,000 units of illegal pesticides in the process.


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Tiny wasp may hold key to controlling kudzu bug - Online Athens

Tiny wasp may hold key to controlling kudzu bug - Online Athens | Natural Pest Control | Scoop.it

The egg parasitoid Paratelenomus saccharalis attacking eggs of Megacopta (image provided by Keiji Takasu)

 

Tiny wasp may hold key to controlling kudzu bug Online Athens“Using classical biological control is an option in the tool kit,” said Ruberson, an entomologist in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Ruberson’s parasitoid of choice is Paratelenomus saccharalis, a tiny wasp no larger than the period at the end of this sentence. The wasp lays its own egg in each kudzu bug egg, and the developing wasp larva destroys the kudzu bug egg as it develops.  

The kudzu bug was first spotted in Georgia in the fall of 2009. It feeds on kudzu, soybeans and other legumes and has become a nuisance to homeowners and a threat to international trade as an agricultural contaminant.

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Role of molecular genetics in identifying ‘fine tuned’ natural enemies of the invasive Brazilian peppertree, Schinus terebinthifolius: a review

Brazilian peppertree, Schinus terebinthifolius Raddi (Sapindales: Anacardiaceae), is a highly successful invasive species in the continental United States, Hawaiian archipelago, several Caribbean Islands, Australia, Bermuda, and a number...

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Pest Information Wiki

Pest Information Wiki | Natural Pest Control | Scoop.it

A massive, new crop pest information open access database recently made its debut on the web. Known as the Pest Information Wiki, this broad and deep data source presents material on a variety of topics related to pests (i.e., insects), diseases, and weeds, and was organized and crafted by the Germany-based International Society for Pest Information (ISPI).

The ISPI Wiki, spearheaded and constructed by ISPI executive director B. Zelazny, currently provides access to well over 100,000 research publications and other pest related information sources, a breath-taking volume of historic information. Have an interest in the pernicious weed Mimosa pigra? A search instantaneously offers up dozens of page title or text matches; each found item displays the individual particulars such as: source, title, size, and date. Click on a chosen item and more information and further information is displayed, typically authors, abstract, source, and quite likely a link to additional sources.


Via IPMnet  NEWS   Issue #198          *         November 2012

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See you next week at the IPM Symposium!

See you next week at the IPM Symposium! | Natural Pest Control | Scoop.it
As the time drawn near for the 7th International IPM Symposium, I thought it only fitting to post some last minute information for those of you who may not have gotten an e-mail.
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Tamarisk biocontrol, endangered species risk and resolution of conflict through riparian restoration

A long-standing debate between wildlife agencies and biological control researchers and practitioners concerns Diorhabda carinulata Desbrochers (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) introduced to suppress invasive Tamarix spp. (Tamaricaceae), and potential impacts of Tamarix defoliation on endangered southwestern willow flycatchers using this non-native plant as nesting habitat in some western riparian ecosystems.

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