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Stink bugs invade more counties, homes in Washington

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Stink-bug-80PULLMAN, Wash. – A recent upsurge of dirty, rotten, no-good brown marmorated stink bugs in the Pacific Northwest has researchers scrambling to keep the insect’s numbers from exploding. » More …

Horned larks undeterred by efforts to protect canola

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

LIND, Wash. – A mystery in east-central Washington has canola farmers vexed and researchers scratching their heads. Horned larks are turning up in droves and decimating newly planted winter and spring canola fields despite multiple efforts to deter them. » More …

Invading stink bug eats Cinderella’s pumpkins

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Stink-bug-80VANCOUVER, Wash. – Why an insect the size of a fingernail has been compared to a great white shark is becoming more apparent as the brown marmorated stink bug accelerates across the Pacific Northwest. » More …

New bark beetle threatens southern Washington forests

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

Ponderosa-killedUNDERWOOD, Wash. – Five years ago, when entomologist Todd Murray received a call from a landowner in Underwood whose ponderosa pine trees were dying, he wasn’t surprised. The trees had been stressed by a nearby fire, a situation that commonly results in a flare-up of bark beetles that can kill the trees. But the calls kept coming. » More …

House built for bugs; grand opening slated

PUYALLUP — Why would anyone intentionally build a new house with deck posts in contact with soil, improperly installed window flashings, a leaking toilet and attic insulation running right up to ventilation holes?The answer is to provide the first hands-on training facility in the western United States for structural pest inspectors where they can actually see the real-world conditions that invite pest infestations.A grand opening celebration will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 9, for the new Structural Pest Research and Demonstration Facility located at the Washington State University Puyallup Research and Extension Center at 7612 Pioneer Way East in Puyallup.While similar facilities have … » More …

WSU faculty, students honored by Entomological Foundation

PULLMAN – Washington State University faculty and students were members of a team honored recently by the Entomological Foundation for work that brought a major pest effecting hybrid poplars in check.John Brown, professor of entomology; Douglas Walsh, environmental and agrichemical education specialist at WSU’s Prosser Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center; and graduate students Eugene Hannon and Neal Kittleson, who received their doctorates in December, were members of a team that received the foundation’s Integrated Pest Management Team Award at the foundation’s award ceremony in December.The award recognizes small collaborative team efforts involving industry and academic scientists that result in a successful integrated pest … » More …