Latest Insects News

Wild bee species critical to pollination on the decline

Apr. 18, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More than a dozen wild bee species critical to pollinating everything from blueberries to apples in New England are on the decline, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of New Hampshire wanted to understand if the documented declines hitting honeybees and...

Tick, tick, tick: Alaska braces for invading parasites

Apr. 17, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Health and wildlife officials are taking steps to prepare for potentially dangerous parasites that could gain a foothold because of Alaska's warming climate. Non-native ticks represent a threat to wildlife and people because they can carry and transmit pathogens, said Micah Hahn,...

Maine imposes quarantine to combat beetle killing ash trees

Apr. 17, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Officials in Maine have announced a formal quarantine to slow the spread of a beetle that has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees since its discovery in North America. The emerald ash borer was first found stateside in Michigan in 2002 and has spread to dozens of states and four...

Removal of rotten trees at state campgrounds may exceed $1M

Apr. 15, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Removing beetle-infested spruce trees at state campgrounds in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough to keep them from falling and harming campers could cost more than $1 million, according to state parks officials. Area parks superintendent Stuart Leidner said Division of Forestry staff...

Expert to talk in Bennington about emerald ash borer threat

Apr. 14, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A state expert will share information about the threat from the emerald ash borer, the invasive insect pest that is threatening the state's ash trees. Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation forest health specialist Mike Parisio will hold a May 10 presentation at...

Connecticut scientists launching new tick monitoring effort

Apr. 13, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut scientists are launching a new effort to track and monitor ticks. The Hartford Courant reports the effort by the state Agricultural Experiment Station involves trapping ticks for testing at 40 locations in all 8 counties. The federal Centers for Disease Control is...

Missouri Southern students work to make campus bee-friendly

Apr. 12, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Katie Kilmer gently removed a frame from beehive No. 3, pulling it out to reveal a swarm of bees and a solid collection of both eggs and pollen in its cells. "Good job, guys," murmured one of the biology students with her who was visiting the hives for the first time, a note of affection...

Outbreaks of destructive moth expected to be bad in Maine

Apr. 11, 2019 5:45 AM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — A scientist with the University of Maine says the Pine Tree State's trouble with a moth that defoliates trees and irritates people is likely to be bad this year. Maine has a problem with the browntail moth, which is an invasive species that lives in the state. The moth harms some fruit...

Beetles create risk of falling trees at 2 Alaska campgrounds

Apr. 10, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The threat of falling trees brought on by insects and exacerbated by climate warming will close two Alaska state campgrounds this summer. Campers could be hurt by toppling trees killed by spruce bark beetles, whose infestations are accelerated by mild winters and hot summers,...

Health and safety conditions worsen in US-subsidized housing

Apr. 9, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — In this city known for pre-Civil War mansions, a young mother shared a government-funded apartment with her three small children and a legion of cockroaches. They lurked in the medicine cabinet, under the refrigerator, behind a picture on the wall. The mother nudged a bedroom dresser...