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Citizen scientists collect data on urban wild bees
May 2, 2016

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

SEATTLE – City dwellers concerned about recent declines in pollinators can contribute to bee research as citizen scientists. Elias Bloom, a Washington State University doctoral student, is seeking volunteers to collect data on wild, native bees in Seattle in order to promote pollinator health.

April 23: Insect pets, games, food at annual expo
April 20, 2016

insect-expoPULLMAN, Wash. – Edible insects and live bugs to take home as pets will be part of the annual Insect Expo, free for the public of all ages, at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in the CUE atrium at Washington State University.

Lavine recognized for leadership in ADVANCE, ARS
March 7, 2016

Laura-LavinePULLMAN, Wash. – Laura Lavine, assistant director of the Agricultural Research Center (ARS) and associate professor in entomology, is the winner of the 2015-16 Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award from the Washington State University Association for Faculty Women (AFW).

Tick expert cracks tough cases
May 28, 2013

The right way to remove a tick


Contrary to folklore, do NOT apply nail polish, petroleum jelly or a burned-out match to an attached tick, as its mouthpart can remain embedded in the skin. Instead:

Using fine-tipped tweezers, grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or yank the tick out.
After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area.

PULLMAN, Wash. – As the green deepens and hikers take to the forests and fields of the Northwest, ticks are emerging for their first blood meal of the season. While … » More …