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Title Summary Date ID Author(s)
Spiders of Medical Concern in Virginia Aug 8, 2014 ENTO-73NP
Squash Bug Mar 25, 2014 ENTO-64NP
Pepper Weevil Mar 25, 2014 ENTO-63NP
History, Distribution and Pest Status of the Mexican bean beetle Mar 25, 2014 ENTO-62NP
Striped Cucumber Beetle Feb 25, 2014 ENTO-61NP
Arthropod Pest Management Research on Vegetables in Virginia – 2013 Feb 25, 2014 ENTO-60NP
Mexican Bean Beetle Dec 13, 2013 ENTO-51NP
Leatherwing (Soldier) Beetles Dec 10, 2013 ENTO-53NP
Improving Pest Management with Farmscaping Dec 6, 2013 ENTO-52NP(ENTO-55NP)
Yellowjackets Sep 26, 2013 ENTO-49NP
Insect Identification Lab Sep 25, 2013 ENTO-45NP
Millipedes Sep 25, 2013 ENTO-43NP
Gloomy Scale Sep 25, 2013 ENTO-44NP
Insect and Mite Pests of Boxwood Sep 25, 2013 ENTO-42NP
Bed Bugs Biology and Behavior Jun 25, 2013 ENTO-8P
Bed Bugs: How to Protect Yourself and Your Home May 14, 2013 ENTO-31NP
Living Well Newsletter, Volume 7, Issue 2 Apr 23, 2013 370-108
Pest Management Guide: Home Grounds and Animals, 2014 Jan 28, 2014 456-018 (ENTO-36P)
Widow Spiders Dec 18, 2012 444-422
Como Identificar Infestaciones de Chinches

Los chinches no aparecen por arte de magia. Ellos aparecen porque usted los trae a su hogar. Entonces usted como cree que los trajo a su hogar, en sus maletas después de un viaje, o en algún mueble que usted compró en una tienda de garaje? La mayoría de la gente sospecha que tiene chinches cuando encuentran inexplicables picaduras en su cuerpo. En la mayoría de los casos estas personas se va a dormir sintiéndose bien pero cuando se levanta la mañana siguiente se encuentra con molestas picaduras.

May 3, 2012 ENTO-5P
How to Identify a Bed Bug Infestation

You cannot just “get” bed bugs. They have to be brought into your home. So what is your first clue that you have brought bed bugs home (say after a trip, or after purchasing a piece of used furniture that you bought at a garage sale)? Most people become suspicious of a bed bug infestation when they find unexplained bites on their bodies.

May 3, 2012 ENTO-4P
Pesticide Applicator Manuals Nov 17, 2011 VTTP-2
Carpet Beetles - Coleoptera: Dermestidae May 16, 2011 3104-1588
Pine Tortoise Scale, Hemiptera: Coccidae, Toumeyella numismaticum Jan 25, 2011 3101-1529
Locust Leafminer, Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Odontota dorsalis (Thunberg) Jan 25, 2011 3101-1528
Earwigs, Dermaptera: Forficulidae Jan 24, 2011 3101-1527
Drugstore and Cigarette Beetles, Drugstore Beetle: Coleoptera: Anobiidae, Stegobium paniceum Cigarette Beetle: Coleoptera: Anobiidae, Lasioderma serricorne (Fabricius) Jan 24, 2011 3101-1526
Boxelder bug, Hemiptera: Rhopalidae, Leptocoris trivittatus Jan 24, 2011 3101-1525
Carpenter Bee Jun 11, 2010 3006-1450
Baldfaced Hornet Nov 3, 2014 3006-1449 (ENTO-84NP)
Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) Mar 5, 2010 444-284
Subterranean Termite Treatment Options Mar 5, 2010 444-500
Subterranean Termite Biology and Behavior Mar 5, 2010 444-502
American Cockroach Mar 4, 2010 444-288
Signs of Subterranean Termite Infestation Mar 1, 2010 444-501
Gypsy Moth in Virginia: An Update

Most Virginians are aware that the gypsy moth is a serious pest of hardwoods in our state. Although this insect has maintained a low profile the past few years, there was a general resurgence in moth populations in 2000. This population increase serves as a reminder that, in areas where gypsy moth has become established, this pest is still present in the environment even when populations are too low to be noticed.

Gypsy moth is a native of Europe, Asia, and northern Africa. It was accidentally released in the U.S. over 130 years ago by a Frenchman who wanted to cross it with native silk moths. From its original introduction near Boston, Massachusetts, this pest has spread into the mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states (Fig. 1).

May 1, 2009 444-750
Dogwood Twig Borer

The larvae tunnel in live twigs and feed down the center of the branch, making a long series of closely placed round holes for the exudation of frass. Periodically, the larvae cut off portions of the twig from within and continue to feed inside the twig on the green wood working their way down.

Nov 18, 2014 444-625 (ENTO-91NP)
Japanese Weevil

Coleoptera: Curculionidae, Pseudocneorhinus bifasciatus

Plants Attacked

The Japanese weevil has a long list of hosts, but is especially found on cherry laurel, broad-leaved evergreens, pyracantha, privet, barberry, euonymus, and many others.

Description of Damage

Foliage is more or less chewed, beginning as marginal notches and increasing to large rounded sections of the leaves being consumed. Holes are always cut inward from the margin, never in the inner part of the leaf. Larvae feed on roots of plants in the soil, but their habits are not well known, nor is the extent of the injury they produce. Injury is not distinguishable from that caused by black vine weevil, fullers rose beetle, and other species.

May 1, 2009 444-624
Magnolia Soft Scale

Homoptera: Coccidae, Neolecanium carnuparuum

Plants Attacked

Magnolia

Description of Damage

Heavy magnolia soft scale infestations cause stunting of twigs and undersize leaves, visibly weakening the trees. Small trees may be killed. Large trees lose branches and tree shape may become irregular.

May 1, 2009 444-623
Wax Scale

Homoptera: Coccidae, Ceroplastes ceriferus

Plants Attacked

Wax scale has well over 50 hosts, especially Japanese and Chinese hollies, pyracantha, spirea, ivy, hemlock, euonymus, and boxwood.

Description of Damage

Infestations seldom kill plants directly, but seriously weaken them, reduce growth, and cause decline. Deposits of honeydew give rise to rampant growth of the black sooty mold fungus, particularly on burford and Chinese holly.

May 1, 2009 444-622
Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle in Virginia

Multicolored Asian Lady beetles enter the house through small openings around windows, doors, and utility access points. In addition, they can enter the house by cracks in the siding and trim and through attic vents. Sealing those entry sites is the best method to keep them from becoming indoor pests later. Conduct a thorough energy audit of your house, as places where cold air can enter the house are places where this lady beetle can gain access. Fill all cracks and leaks with a fine quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk.

May 1, 2009 444-275
Giant Resin Bee

Scientific Name: Hymenoptera: Megachilidae Megachile sculpturalis Smith

Size: about 0.75 inch (1.9 cm) Color: Black and yellow-brown Description: Giant resin bees are large with a cylindrical body and large jaws. They have a dark head and abdomen with yellow-brown hair on the face, thorax, and the first segment of the abdomen behind the "waist." The wings are a transparent brown color that darkens toward the tips. Male giant resin bees have a truncated, squared abdomen while the females have a more tapered, pointed abdomen.

Giant resin bees can be distinguished from bumblebees and carpenter bees by their cylindrical bodies and the appearance of their abdomens. Giant resin bees do not have hairy abdomens like bumblebees, nor are their abdomens shiny like carpenter bees.

May 1, 2009 444-206