Our Center has funded 25 projects this year, including invasive species outreach and regional working groups on pollinators, stink bugs, hops, and slugs.
In New Jersey, a major center of blueberry and cranberry production, entomologists are using pheromones to lure weevils so growers can time their sprays for greatest effectiveness.
Swallow-wort, a rampant invasive species in the Northeast, smothers small trees and native plants. Rhode Island entomologist Richard Casagrande is identifying natural enemies of this pest.
Drosophila suzukii, a small vinegar fly with the potential to damage many fruit crops, has been confirmed in several northeastern states.
Growing Green Lawns website; Brown Marmorated Stink Bug information; New York City’s bed bug site; and Louisiana State’s Pest Identification Guide for Pests In and Around Buildings.
IPM proponents persuade school districts to choose pest prevention over sprays. “Schools that switch to IPM show a decline in pesticide use and are still able to keep pests at bay,” says UMass entomologist Bill Coli, who evaluates the impact of IPM projects.