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Timothy D. Schowalter argues that climate change, which should be the top priority for every nation, represents the most serious threat to global food security
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The black soldier fly can feed on kitchen scraps and industrial waste, and it can also be a source of protein for animals to eat.
The eastern lubber grasshopper is locally common in swamps, open woodlands, weedy fields, and ditches in the southeastern United States.
This article lists ways property owners can find beekeepers to remove bees from structures.
Article provides ideas for future beekeeping meetings based on the last 7 years of the SW LA Beekeepers.
This publication contains information about the distribution and recognition of air potato, and the life cycle and impact of the air potato leaf-feeding beetle, Lilioceris cheni.
Leafcutting ants are primarily a tropical group, but three species occur in the southern United States.
The forest tent caterpillar is a widespread defoliator that is native throughout most of the continental United States and Canada.
Bacillus thuringiensis as a biopesticide
Will Naled kill my bees? and other frequently asked questions about Mosquito control and bees.
Insects are the largest and most diverse group of organisms on earth. Almost a million species have been described by scientists with more to come.
List of sources of supplies for beekeepers in Louisiana.
(04/18/17) Louisiana residents expect to see the first major termite swarm around Mother’s Day, but an LSU AgCenter expert says early swarms are not unusual.
Imported fire ants inflict painful stings and create unsightly mounds in our landscapes, and most of us would be happier if they weren’t around.
The fall webworm, Hyphantria cunea (Drury) (Lepidoptera: Erebidae), is a widespread defoliator that is native throughout the continental United States.
Information regarding Zika virus. Zika is a virus transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito.
This publication contains information about the recognition, life history and ecology of the milkweed assassin bug, Zelus longipes.
This publication contains information about the distribution, description, life cycle, damage and economic importance of the salvinia weevil.
This publication contains information about the distribution and impact of alligatorweed, and the life cycle and impact of the alligatorweed flea beetle, Agasicles hygrophila.
This publication contains information about the distribution, life cycle, impact of the cactus lady beetle which is a common predator of scale insects in Louisiana.
This publication contains information about the description, life cycle and impact of the spined soldier bug, Podisus maculiventris.
The publication contains information about the description, life cycle and impact of the water hyacinth weevils Neochetina eichhorniae and N. bruchi.
This publication contains information about the recognition, life history and impact of green lacewings.
The publication contains information about the recognition, life cycle and impact of aphid parasitoids.
A newer factsheet (developed 2014) on repellents for protecting yourself from mosquito bites.
The LSU AgCenter’s Insects & Relatives Website has information about ants, bees, wasps, mosquitoes, termites, and other related topics.
Efforts are under way to prevent the spread of Formosan subterranean termites in mulch from New Orleans and Louisiana following hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It is true that there is a lot of cellulose debris (wood, paper and their products) in Louisiana following these two hurricanes.
The LSU AgCenter’s Mosquito Information Website is a resource for the public and professionals looking for information on mosquitoes and other pests affecting public health.
Landscaping practices may increase the risk of subterranean termites attacking a structure and of spreading formosan subterranean termites. Concepts on reducing the risks of termites during landscaping are presented.
Recommendations for control of town ants.
Test home page for Termites.
Cleaning up wood debris after a hurricane or other severe windstorm can spread one of Louisiana’s most destructive pests – the Formosan subterranean termite.
Listing of beekeepers who have and are willing to lease bee hives for pollination services.
Contact information for LSU AgCenter termite professionals.
This interactive and fun quiz will challenge your knowledge of Red Imported Fire Ants.
Summarizes the spread of the Nylanderia fulva, hairy crazy ant, across the southern U.S. and the confusing proliferation of common and scientific names used for it.
A short video demonstrating how to inspect a tree for the presence of Formosan subterranean termites.
Information about Formosan subterranean termite alates and their annual mating flight.
This is a short video showing typical swarming behavior of Formosan subterranean termite alates during their annual mating flight.
Additional information about the habits and identification of Formosan subterranean termite soldiers.
Describes the behavior and biology unique to the Formosan subterranean termite.
Termite colonies contain different castes, which are responsible for specific taskes in the colony.
Termites may eat wood, but they could not do it alone.
Includes images and descriptions of subterranean termites that are indigenous to Louisiana.
Describes the taxonomic identity of termites.
LSU AgCenter scientists continue to add weapons to their arsenal as they battle the spread of the Formosan subterranean termite. And they’re making headway. This pest voraciously consumes wooden structures and woody plants and causes millions of dollars in damages.
This 52-page pocket guide is designed to help you identify pests commonly found in and around buildings. It includes photos and information about various pests, such as ants, roaches, flies, rats, mice, termites, spiders, wasps, bees, bedbugs, fleas, mosquitoes, ticks and more. Diagrams and scales showing the size of some of the pests are included to help in identification. A spiral-bound, heavyweight, coated-paper copy is available for $12.
Treatments for termites must be integrated with proper maintenance. Eliminate as many conditions conducive to termite infestations as possible by following the five general categories of rules.
Nearly once per week I am asked to identify an ant that is suspected to be a Rasberry Crazy Ant. Recent requests have come from Lake Charles, Port Allen, Plaquemine, Cameron, Livingston, East Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes. At this time, none of the suspected ants were the pest that has plagued southeastern Texas. According to Tom Rasberry, the ants are poised to move into Louisiana and are in adjacent Texas counties.
PowerPoint on spring honey and pollen sources. Among those included: White Dutch Clover, Vetch, Verbenia, Wisteria, Mint, Willow, American Buckwheat Vine, Tallow, Magnolia, Orange Citrus, Passion Vine, Black or Honey Locust, Crimson Clover, Sweet Clover.
Provides Honeybee informatiom in Louisiana. Includes honey prices, pest control, bee hive registration information as well as information on swarms and removal of bees.
Provides additional links for information on termites.
The winners of the 2006 honey competition competed in three categories: Light Honey, Amber Honey and Dark Honey. Due to the reduced number of entries, the competition will be discontinued at the state fair. The competition will be moved to the state beekeepers meeting if enough requests are made for it to continue.
Volume 72 provides information on the African honeybee movement into Louisiana, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry district offices, The state beekeepers' meeting, the October field day at the USDA Bee Breeding and Physiology Laboratory and the State Fair honey competition.
Map showing parishes that have a spreader available for use in area wide application of fire ant baits. Listing of locations by parish that have implemented the area wide program.
Fire ants may be an indoor problem during the dry season as they search for water and food. The mounds move below the surface but they will still forage for food during the cooler times of the day.
Wood to ground contact can bring termites into a structure.
This article describes a stainless steel mesh that may be used as a barrier preventing termites from entering structures around specific routes of entry .
Information about studies on CCD.
Properly identifying the ant species is the first step in determining whether and how to control them. In this publication there are options for managing various kinds of imported fire ant problems.
All fire ant baits work very well when applied according to the label instructions. The way a fire ant bait works depends on the active ingredient in the bait.
This publication includes a description of wireworms and explains the importance and types of injuries they can cause to your trees. It also includes information on their life history, habits and methods of control.
This publication is intended to help local and municipal governments address potential concerns or problems between the public and beekeepers. (PDF Format Only)