|Bees & Wasps
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Questions about honeybees, bumble bees, sweat bees, carpenter bees, and digger bees.
A gardener asked about a foraging honeybee, and another asked how to help native bees. A homeowner asked how to control fire ants near a pond.
A beekeeper asked about testing honey for pesticides, and the Beehive Buzz describes how to check for pesticides in honey.
A new hive pest was discovered in a southeastern state, and this blog discusses the yellow legged hornet and its possible impact to beekeeping.
A beekeeper wanted information to start a beekeeping business and asked for information. This blog provides information on obtaining a state business license.
BHB looks at how the drought of 2023 is affecting beekeeping.
The contacts listed on this page are provided as an informational service.
Beehive Buzz looks at a special nectar plant, manuka, as nectar source for medicinal honey.
A beekeeper asked about summer blooming plants for honeybees. This blog lists native plants with summer flowers.
A beekeeper asked about the safety of using a popular herbicide near honeybee hives.
RSFF looks at a tomato fruitworm, a green sweat bee, a carpenter bee and a juvenile assassin bug.
RSFF looks at insect, both harmful and beneficial, including a couple of native bees.
This edition of Beehive Buzz shares information about insurance for beekeepers.
Information for Louisiana homeowners to prepare for the annual swarms of Formosan subterranean termites.
The article describes biology and identification characteristics of secondary pests of stored product.
This article discusses some programs to help beekeepers with the expenses of having & maintaining apiaries.
Ancient peoples have used honey for medical purposes. Modern medicine uses a special grade of honey for treating wounds.
Here is an article for beekeepers regarding honeybees and how they address queen distress.
Beehive Buzz looks at several predatory insects including the cicada killer wasp, a robber fly and a long-legged assassin bug.
Many beekeepers know that honey is harmful to infants less than 12 months old, but they are unusually unaware of the reason.
This version of BHB looks at bees in the news around the world from bee behavior to varroa control to environmental concerns to bee nutrition.
This week’s RSFF looks at four flying insects including: horse guards, long-horned bee, leaf-cutting bee and bumblebee.
This version of BHB looks at the Slovenian hive from the inside.
This article updates an earlier story about the Slovenian bee hive.
Some pharmaceutical firms are promoting hemp propolis on the market, but there is little unbiased research about this product.
The season to trap honey bees swarms seems to be starting earlier than usual. This Beehive Buzz shares the early successes of an experienced beekeeper in 2022.
Shortly after the USDA approved a plan for Louisiana to produce industrial hemp, some beekeepers asked me to research the possible effect on honeybees.
An aspiring beekeeper asked a basic question about a “hive nucleus” and two other sources of bees for new beekeepers.
An aspiring beekeeper asked for information to help her travel on the path to keeping honey bees and some resources for beekeepers.
Description, life cycle, ecological significance, pest status and control of the Formosan subterranean termite.
Leafcutting ants are primarily a tropical group, but three species occur in the southern United States.
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 article provides information on management of stored product pests.
The article describes biology and identification characteristics of primary pests of stored product.
List of sources of supplies for beekeepers in Louisiana.
Description, life cycle and ecology of Spring Fireflies.
Description, life cycle and ecological significance of the Scarlet-bodied Wasp Moth.
Recommendations for control of town ants.
Designed to learn the importance of mosquitoes and the viruses and pathogens they transmit.
Designed to teach the importance of pollinators, ways to attract pollinators to a garden and understand the value of creating pollinators for gardens.
The article describes the emerald ash borer and its management.
The article describes tawny crazy ant and its management
Information on armyworm life stage, injury and control options in hayfields and pastures.
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.
Step by step guide for testing honey bees for Varroa mite using the non-destructive powdered sugar roll.
Advertisement for Louisiana hobbyist beekeeper survey.
Root-feeding beetles have emerged as serious problems in conifer plantations and forests in the United States and Canada in recent decades.
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.
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.
(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.
The fall webworm, Hyphantria cunea (Drury) (Lepidoptera: Erebidae), is a widespread defoliator that is native throughout the continental United States.
Information regarding protection from mosquito bites.
Information regarding Zika virus. Zika is a virus transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito.
Announcement for May beekeeping meeting
Announcement for beekeeping school.
Announcement for honey extraction event
Ants range from mildly irritating to highly annoying. Knowing the species, its biology and potential control methods can help you manage them. This is a useful reference for pest management professionals, extension personnel and homeowners. A key to ants, color photographs, diagrams and a glossary are included. Spiral-bound copies are available for $12.50 each. To purchase using a major credit card, click on "order publication."
One important key for successful management of a pest is to identify it. This publication can help you differentiate between ants and the dry-wood and subterranean termites that are pests in Louisiana. It also contains specific information on Formosan subterranean termites.
A grassy plant used worldwide for erosion control and a new pop-up termite indicator may provide new, environmentally safe weapons in the arsenal to combat subterranean termites.
This poster addresses habitat preferences and where Argentine ants can be found.
A Southern IPM Center publication. When choosing a broadcast bait to control imported fire ants, consumers and professional pesticide applicators face a confusing array of brand names and active ingredients with varying product performances. This guide addresses common concerns about broadcast baits to help consumers and professionals choose products that best fit their needs and situations. (PDF Format Only)
Most people are aware of the damage fire and severe weather can do to their homes, but many overlook the threat of termites. Photos of termite damage and signs of termite infestation are included in this publication, which covers Formosan subterranean termites and other subterranean termites.
Growing conditions last summer and a mild winter means growers helped foster high levels of nematodes in many fields. Planting corn instead infested areas can be the solution because the crop is a poor host.
(Distributed 04/29/04) LSU AgCenter entomologists confirmed that termites found the week of April 18 at a home in Pineville were Formosan subterranean termites. This is the first sighting of the pests in the Alexandria area. These termites pose a greater threat than the native species because they form larger colonies, are more aggressive and form carton nests above ground.
Quick guide to recognize and remove mosquito habitats in back yards.
This fact sheet provides answers to frequently asked questions about scabies.
An overview of some of the current and potential mosquito-borne arboviruses in Louisiana.
The Asian tiger mosquito is an aggressive biting mosquito, which first appeared in the United States in 1985. Since then it has been expanding its range and increasing in numbers throughout the country.
The LSU AgCenter’s Insects & Relatives Website has information about ants, bees, wasps, mosquitoes, termites, and other related topics.
Links to Facebook and YouTube sites for the LSU Department of Entomology, East Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control, West Baton Rouge Mosquito District, and the Entomological Society of America.
Links to the Louisiana Mosquito Control Association, the American Mosquito Control Association, and the Louisiana State Arthropod Museum.
Information on upcoming training opportunities and other mosquito-related events.
Our goal is to provide updates on some mosquito surveillance and research projects throughout Louisiana. Information from the Louisiana Arboviral Surveillance Sampling Standards, Centers for Disease Control Surveillance Guidelines, and the Louisiana Mosquito Control Districts.
Find all of the most current mosquito-related news, reports and information from around the globe.
Information on mosquitoes, West Nile virus, insect repellents and other biting insects.
Professionals can find educational materials they can print and use for educational purposes. This includes information for both child and adult audiences.
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.
Insect problems in swimming pools and solutions for getting rid of them.
Cleaning up wood debris after a hurricane or other severe windstorm can spread one of Louisiana’s most destructive pests – the Formosan subterranean termite.
Describes the basic construction types found in the French Quarter and the unique problems that occur with the antique architecture.
Describes the process of conducting an exterior inspection of a structure.
Describes the process of inspecting the interior of a structure for the presence of a termite infestation.