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In the trees and grasses of the South, there are a growing number of unwanted visitors that at best are an itchy nuisance and at worst can carry debilitating diseases: Ticks.
From the Raleigh News & Observer:
Poison-spined lionfish. Swarming feral pigs. Giant cannibal shrimp.
So many weird creatures from somewhere else have been causing problems in North Carolina lately that perhaps the latest twist was inevitable: An old invasive species is being attacked by its own invasive species – which also happens to harbor an invasive bacteria that itself could be trouble.
That famed Asian interloper, kudzu, is being assaulted by, yes, a “kudzu bug.”
Homeowners and soybean growers in North Carolina are in for a surprise this year, as kudzu bugs continue their march across the Southeast. This invasive pest congregates en masse on home siding and legumes, like soybeans.
Typically ticks begin to appear in late spring and early summer as warm weather sets in, but this year, cases of the annual pest were reported three to four weeks earlier than normal, said agents with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.
It’s official: the influx of Asian tiger shrimp into N.C. waters, the rest of the South Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico is significantly worrisome, if not downright frightening.
Join EPA for a Webinar on June 18. Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
As the pest populations boom, bed bugs can, and will hitchhike into your school. The school can be bed bug free one day and have bed bugs brought in the next. For school administrators and facilities managers, bed bugs arriving at the school can be a recipe for big headaches. The formula for success in dealing with bed bugs is to prepare for the inevitable, and educate everyone. This presentation discusses why bed bugs are such a challenge and how you can be proactive.
Join eOrganic for a webinar on organic weed management on livestock pastures by Dr. Sid Bosworth of the University of Vermont on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 from 2 pm to 3:15 pm Eastern Time (1 – 2:15 pm Central, 12 – 1:15 pm Mountain, 11 am – 12:15 pm Pacific Time). The webinar is free and open to the public, and advance registration is required. Listeners will hear the speaker and be able to view the PowerPoint presentation and type in questions.
Register now at http://www.extension.org/pages/63411
The lack of prolonged winter weather followed by a spring that broke many high temperature records was bound to have an effect on Mid-South crops. That has certainly proven out with the early arrival of the insect complex.
In response to Asthma Awareness Month, there are two webinars on the subject of asthma in schools. The first is sponsored by the EPA; the second is sponsored by the Association of School Business Officials.
Ants driving you crazy? If they are, there are two webinar opportunities to learn about ant management in May. The first is on Thursday, May 10 and is all about fire ants. The next is the following Thursday, May 17 and covers pharaoh, carpenter and odorous house ants. Join us and learn how to manage these pests before they become a problem this summer.