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Live from the 25th annual Educational Conference - Lodi, CA


Good morning! Todays speakers include;

Jerome Goddard, associate professor of entomology at Mississippi State University as well as writing 160 scientific papers and six books.

Bobby Corrigan, staff at Perdue University's Entomology Dept. and has been active in urban pest management for 35 years.

Bob Payne, LEED, Pest Management and Food Safety for over 30 years.

We will be getting started soon so stay tuned!

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Bed Bug Friday - San Diego Bed bugs - Google a Bedbug Today


Once again here is an great article for our Bed bug Friday segment.

Entomologists call for eternal vigilance against a resurgent foe

By Susan Milius, Science News
Click here to find out more!SAN DIEGO—Amid the high-tech science showcased at the Entomological Society of America’s annual meeting, bedbug specialists repeatedly called for a low-tech defense: More people need to learn what a bedbug looks like.
Today’s bedbug strains often carry considerable resistance to the widespread pyrethrin-based pesticides licensed for indoor use, said Dini Miller of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Heat treatments, sniffer dogs or repeated courses of spraying get costly and don’t prevent repeat infestations. Do-it-yourself options, often based on vague, wishful or outright wacky notions of bedbug biology, have their perils too. “Technology alone is not going to save us,” Miller said.

What will? “Eternal vigilance,” according to a December 14 presentation by Michael Potter of the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Headlines about the resurgence of bedbugs in the industrialized world have alarmed people about the fiercely itching bites and creepy stealth of the crevice-loving bugs. But as far as practical matters like recognizing a bedbug, “people are clueless,” Potter lamented.

So go Google photographs of the bugs and learn the signs of infestation. Pictures typically show the adults, reddish-brown and roughly as long as a pencil eraser is thick. The earlier stages are smaller and often paler.

Black smudges from bug excrement along mattress or couch seams may be easier to spot than the bugs themselves. And in spite of the name, bedbugs thrive in crevices that aren’t the least bedlike, such as the crannies of electronics. Again and again in the symposium, researchers warned against impulsive adoption of computer monitors (or comfy chairs or anything else) set out on a curb for free.

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Annual Bug Day educates youth about insects

Published: 07/27 6:56pm
By: Meagan Choi
kids learn about insects
Sam Mikalonis / The State News

From left, Lansing residents Ainsley and Hadley Lumanog, 6 and 3, pet a tarantula on Tuesday morning at the Michigan 4-H Children?s Garden for Bug Day. It was the Lumanog sisters’ first time at Bug Day but they were not afraid to lean in and touch the large arachnid or the cockroaches.

Wedged into a corner of the Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden, Gary Parsons carefully lifted a scorpion from its cage to give the children, who were crowded around the table for a better view.

Some took a couple steps back, but others leaned in for a closer look.

“They’re seeing things that they didn’t even know existed,” said Parsons, insect collection manager in MSU’s Department of Entomology. “Most of these kids have never picked up a bug, and to be able to hold a tarantula or touch a scorpion is a big deal for them.”

More than 175 children and parents attended the seventh annual Bug Day on Tuesday at Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden, said Jessica Albright, education coordinator for the garden.

“We really do it just to expose the kids to the insects that are in the garden and kind of give them an appreciation for the insects,” Albright said. “A lot of kids are afraid of bugs, so we try to fulfill that awareness.”

Various stations were set up around the gardens with hands-on activities, such as making a bug hat out of a paper plate, creating an insect out of pipe cleaners and tasting honey with graham crackers.

One of the busiest areas throughout the morning was the table with insects and workers from the Department of Entomology’s Bug House.

“It’s a great partnership — we really try to maintain and foster our relationship with (the Bug House),” Albright said. “It brings a lot of people in, because the Bug House isn’t open every day like we are.”

The Bug House is exclusively funded by the Department of Entomology, Parsons said.

“The university doesn’t contribute anything to it,” he said. “That is one of the reasons we are not open all the time.”

Emily McKay, a horticulture junior, worked at the welcome table and said the Bug Day offered exciting, interactive activities for the children.

“It’s a great day to learn and get involved within the garden and be excited about the creatures,” McKay said. “There is a lot of beneficial insects that help the garden.”

There were also insects that were not typically observed in the backyard, said Barbara Norton of Dowagiac, Mich., who brought her grandson.

“Children in the city don’t have an opportunity (to see insects) very often, unless they go in the country with their parents,” Norton said.

Seven-year-old Korben Leung of East Lansing came to the event, despite his dislike of bugs, and said he enjoyed seeing a giant moth and observatory bee hive.

“I have seen lots of amazing things,” Korben said.

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San Diego Pests - Life among Ants


Life Among the Ants

It’s a safe bet that Mark Moffett, aka “The Indiana Jones of Entomology”, has some good travel stories up his sleeve.

Moffett, author of Adventures Among Ants, has been at the scene of driver ant raids in Nigeria, watched leafcutter ants grow fungus farms in Paraguay and weaver ants build foliage nests in Malaysia, and stood at the front lines of the world’s largest battlefield, a territory dispute between two ant empires in suburban San Diego.

Fascinated by their amazingly organized social structures, Moffett has tracked down, studied, and photographed ant societies on almost every continent. In his book, he describes a spectacular “ant garden” in Peru’s forest canopy, that two species of ants had built together:

“Nestled in this mass of epiphytes, a confederation of these two ants had constructed a quarter-meter-wide treetop house of carton, papery sheets they produced by masticating plant matter and soil. The workers then collected seeds and embedded them in the carton. There the seeds grew into cacti, bromeliads, figs, orchids, philodendrons, and anthuriums, creating a bounteous garden.”

As for the countless ant stings he’s received over the years, Moffett said in a Fresh Air interview, “I don’t take them personally.”

Atlas Obscura, the website that explores the world’s strange and curious places, has a new video series called “So There I Was”, that features people talking about their most outlandish travel experiences. The first video stars Moffett, who tells us what happened when he and some fellow travelers got lost on Cambodia’s backroads. Here’s the Atlas Obscura video:

Source: http://www.ucpress.edu/blog/?p=10184

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Got Pests? - New iPhone pest control application

Got pests? UF has a new app for that

It's mid-summer and you can just about hear the screams as iPhone Pest Controlhousehold pests scurry across kitchen floors all over Florida.

While you might not be able to completely stop these insects' advances, you can likely get a better sense of how to control them using iPEST1 - an iPhone application that you can download for $1.99 that gives you information aplenty on about 50 types of insects and other animals.

The application, created by University of Florida entomology professors Rebecca Baldwin and Philip Koehler, and associate research scientist Roberto Pereira, is a guide with four menus that searches by pest type.

Using the iPEST1 application, for examples, will allow you to tell the difference between American, German, Australian and Cuban cockroaches. It also will help you identify various flies, gnats, snails, silverfish and millipedes.

The iPEST1 also can help you identify animal droppings, which might, for instance, let you know whether it's a raccoon, a possum or a squirrel that is rooting around in your vegetable garden.

The iPEST1 can be downloaded online, and it works with Apple devices, including the iPhone.

"We wanted to create an application that students could download," Baldwin said.

Still, it's homeowners who may use it the most, Baldwin said.

"Our goal in developing this series of mobile field guides is to provide an educational tool for homeowners and pest management professionals alike," she said.

When users look for a specific pest, they get the image and text that describe the pest's habitat, behavior and name.

Baldwin said that knowing about the different types of cockroaches, for instance, should help homeowners to know how best to control them.

"When you walk into the garage and see a cockroach scurry by, you can take a look to see if it is a cockroach that would infest and require a treatment or if it is one that just wandered in from outside," she said.

For instance, if you see a small wingless cockroach in your kitchen, you may worry that others may be infesting the cabinets. By using iPEST1, you can see photos and characteristics of adult cockroaches, nymphs and eggs, so you can identify the type in multiple life stages.

If, after further scrutiny, you only find the one roach, which you identify as an American cockroach nymph. iPEST1 will let you know that it likely came from outside and that multiple American cockroaches are not hiding in the cabinets, since American cockroaches are rarely found in homes.

If you had discovered the roach was a German cockroach, you may need to be concerned, as German roaches frequently infest homes and are hard to get rid of. Also, after identifying the cockroach, you can choose the proper pesticide.

Baldwin said another valuable use for iPEST1 is to identify insects that may be damaging your plants outside. For instance, you notice small black flies are appearing in potted plants.

"After a few clicks on the iPEST1 app, you are able to find that you have fungus gnats that are a result of overwatering your potted plants," Baldwin said.

In order to create the iPEST1, Baldwin hired Sudharsanan Sridharan, a UF programmer who wrote the html code for the application.

After the iPEST1 was ready, Apple reviewed it and approved it for sale.

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Dr. James Campbell - The Science Behind Mating Disruption



Dr. James Campbell is truly a professional in his field. Dr. Campbell is giving some really great insight how pheromones in pest management work.

Did you know... 

Pheromones are a chemical released through the body as an attractant. 

Here is a sample of what Dr. Campbell is speaking on: 

Sex Pheromones - Attracts the opposite sex

Aggregation Pheromones 

Monitoring programs - focused on 3 types of management 

Stored Product Pests Populations in Food facilities - divided into sub populations 

Use of Pheromone Traps - Capture adults

Distribution and Movement

Trap Capture Interpretation

Strategies for using Pheromone  Traps 

Identifying Source 

Using Monitoring Data

Mating Disruption

Using Monitoring to evaluate pest management 


Dr. James Campbell is a Research Entomologist with the USDA ARS Center for Grain and Animal Health Research in Manhattan, KS. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of California-Davis. His research interests include the behavior of stored product insects and their natural enemies and how the use of behavioral information can improve the management of insect pests.  

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Tarantula Facts and Clark Gets a new pet Tarantula


First lets start off with some interesting facts and information about the Tarantula.

  • Females can live up to 35 years, males up to 15 years
  • Most breeds are considered docile creatures
  • Sheds their exoskeleton (MOLT)
  • Can be found in the harshest Deserts to tropical settings
  • May fast for a month
  • Most are not poisonous
  • 2 types - Terrestrial: Literally "living on the ground usually in a burrow" and Arboreal: Literally living in trees.

  • Are invertebrates: A general term for all multiple - celled animals that lack an internal skeleton, that is, are not vertebrates.

  • Are wonderful to watch

 We here at Clark have just purchased and adult female Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula, She is 5 1/2 inches in diameter and will probably reach 6 1/2 inches over the next few years. Her name is Charlotte (Charli), Charlie is very sweet and new addition to the Clark family.

Charlie has been with us now for a full week now and has been great. She gets lots of visitors and enjoys her time chasing crickets. I would have to say that Tarantula's make great pets! We wil post updates regularly.

Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula

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Invasive Pests to Take Over Northern California


DAVIS-Invasive pests will take over the next meeting of the Northern California Entomology Society, set for Thursday, Nov. 6 in the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District headquarters, 155 Mason Circle, Concord.

Speakers will discuss the light brown apple moth, Asian citrus psyllid and other quarantined pests.....

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