Spotted lanternfly hatching season coming soon: What to do

The spotted lanternfly, an insect native to parts of China, Vietnam and India, is an invasive pest in the eastern states of the U.S. As a planthopper, it’s a major threat to the livelihood of the nursery, landscaping and timber industries, as well as damaging to many plants of agricultural importance, like orchards, grapes and […]

How do stripes stop flies? Horses dress as zebras to find out

Why do zebras, a species of wild horse, have striped coats when other equines don’t?

Experts have theorized that the stripes serve as camouflage; that they disorient predators, or that they communicate signals to other zebras. Some have posed that the stripes help keep the animals cool under a hot sun. The latest research, however, […]

Neogen launches Attic Attack Rodent Bait Station

LEXINGTON, Ky., Feb. 7, 2019 — Baiting for rats and mice in attics just got easier.

Neogen’s new, innovative, patented Attic Attack Bait Station simply and effectively places rodent bait right where roof rats and mice are active — while eliminating the need to climb up into difficult-to-access attic spaces.

Attic Attack’s unique design allows […]

Pest control lookout: Asian longhorned tick

Image courtesy the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A self-cloning tick previously unknown in the U.S. is being found in greater numbers in much of the eastern half of the country, and researchers are working hard to find new ways to understand and combat the invasive pest.

The Asian longhorned tick was […]

Trash is the biggest factor in rat infestations, researchers say

Around the world, more than 35 diseases are known to be easily spread by rats and the ticks and fleas that live on them. The Black Plague, the most famous pandemic to strike mankind, was spread in part by rats stowing away on European merchant ships.

Naturally, we humans have a vested interest in keeping […]

Neogen launches DeciMax® Place Packs and Blocks

LEXINGTON, Ky., Sept. 27, 2018 — Neogen today announced the addition of DeciMax® Place Packs and Blocks — a proven effective and all-weather rodenticide bait now available in multiple product formats.

DeciMax Place Packs and Blocks use the active ingredient bromadiolone, a second generation anticoagulant, to effectively control rats, mice and meadow voles. DeciMax Place […]

Insect activity, crop losses could increase as global temperatures rise

When temperatures go up, so do certain risks, like the potential presence of certain crop and shellfish toxins. Alongside these risks, a new study outlines how insect activity also increases as the globe heats up — leading to increased crop loss.

Research from the University of Washington suggests that a rise of just 2°C can […]

Farmers: Relying on nature for pest control ain’t gonna cut it after all, science says

When it comes to pest control on the farm there will always be pros and cons in the surrounding environment — ones that either lessen the burden caused by nearby rodents and bugs, or ones that simply make things more difficult. Certain types of birds might eat pesky insects, for example.

However, common misconceptions about […]

A cry for help: Crops under attack emit cues for hungry birds

We humans are simple creatures — we find ourselves in trouble, we cry out for help. Science has known for a while that plants do something similar by letting out “sensory volatile cues,” like scents, when they’re under attack by hungry insects. The result is that birds will often pick up the cue, swoop […]

Mosquitos and the dangers they pose

Nearly a million people and countless animals are killed by mosquito-borne illnesses every year. And so, on August 20, we participate in National Mosquito Day to raise awareness of how these diseases impact us, and how we can reduce risks.

Here are some of the biggest diseases:

West Nile Virus. Awareness of West Nile Virus […]