Spotted Wing Drosophila Update: 10/17/2014

October 17th, 2014 1:52 PM

 

Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Male Spotted Wing Drosophila, photo by Griffin Dill

“We have been anticipating a rapid increase in spotted wing drosophila trap captures since late August, based on our experience over the past two seasons, and it appears that we are now seeing it in at least some locations.”

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Kirby Talks with Press Herald About October Ladybug Invasion

October 17th, 2014 12:52 PM

Clay Kirby, an entomologist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Portland Press Herald for the article, “October means season for invasion of the ladybugs.” Kirby said ladybugs, which have a tendency to come inside, are benign and helpful in controlling other insects that are harmful to plants, such as aphids. If a house is overrun with the beetles, he suggests vacuuming or sweeping them up and tossing them outside. For those who don’t want to harm the insect, he suggests storing the bugs in a shoebox in a garage or shed until spring.

Dill Talks About Question 2 in BDN, Press Herald Articles on EEE

October 14th, 2014 2:15 PM

Jim Dill, a pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News for articles about the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirming the state’s first human case of neuroinvasive Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). Dill spoke about Question 2 on the November ballot, saying it would improve Maine’s surveillance for EEE. The bond would give $8 million to UMaine Extension to build a new animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory. Dill said having the lab would allow the state to improve its mosquito testing in addition to the other services.

Rebar to Discuss Question 2 with UMFK Board of Visitors, St. John Valley Times Reports

October 10th, 2014 2:18 PM

The St. John Valley Times reported John Rebar, executive director of the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension, will present an informational session on Question 2 of the November ballot as part of the University of Maine at Fort Kent Board of Visitors’ Business Breakfast Series on Oct. 15. The bond would give $8 million to UMaine Extension to build a new animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory. WVII (Channel 7) also carried a report on the bond question and interviewed Jim Dill, a pest management specialist with UMaine Extension. Dill said the facility would be a resource that a large percentage of Mainers would use for services such as tick-borne disease monitoring

Spotted Wing Drosophila Update: 10/10/2014

October 10th, 2014 2:04 PM
Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Male Spotted Wing Drosophila, photo by Griffin Dill

“Spotted wing drosophila trap captures have increased considerably in most locations this week, although some inland sites are not yet seeing a stable upward trend.”

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UMaine Extension Hosts Sheep, Goat Seminar

October 10th, 2014 1:23 PM

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering its annual sheep and goat seminar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Kennebec Valley Community College, 92 Western Ave., Fairfield.

The seminar will focus on animal health and strive to equip producers with skills and knowledge to keep their animals healthy and productive. Topics will include prevention and detection of common diseases, health-related tools and a program used to eradicate Scrapie, a degenerative disease that attacks the central nervous system of sheep and goats. Scheduled instructors are Richard Brzozowski, Anne Lichtenwalner and James Weber.

The fee of $35 per person includes lunch and materials. More information and registration are online. To request a disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099, 800.287.1471 (in Maine).

How Do I Avoid Ticks?

October 9th, 2014 10:37 AM

For more information, visit the UMaine Extension Tick ID Lab.

Rebar Quoted in MPBN, WVII Reports on Bond for Disease, Insect Lab

October 7th, 2014 2:42 PM

John Rebar, executive director of the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension, was quoted in reports by the Maine Public Broadcasting Network and WVII (Channel 7) about representatives from the state’s agriculture, dairy and veterinary industries urging Maine voters to support Question 2 on the November ballot. The bond would give $8 million to UMaine Extension to build a new animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory. Rebar said the lab currently is spread across two locations that were built in the 1940s and 1970s. The lab is not bio-secure, meaning it can’t be used to test pests that may have infectious diseases. Rebar also spoke of the economic impacts a new lab would have on the state, such as being able to improve the health of Maine’s moose population.

Drummond Quoted in CBC News Article on Farmers Looking Beyond Bees for Pollination

October 6th, 2014 3:02 PM

Frank Drummond, an entomology specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and a UMaine professor of insect ecology, was quoted in a CBC News article about a workshop sponsored by Dalhousie University and held in Montague, Prince Edward Island that focused on pollinating crops during a global decline in bee populations. Drummond, who attended the workshop, was one of several researchers that presented ideas for growing the population and attracting more wild pollinating bees. Drummond spoke about the importance of trying to get municipalities involved by mowing fields, and private companies, such as landfills, involved by using pollinator plantings. “It’s a whole sort of village approach — not to put all of the responsibility on individual farmers,” he said.

Spotted Wing Drosophila Update: 10/3/2014

October 3rd, 2014 12:26 PM
Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Male Spotted Wing Drosophila, photo by Griffin Dill

“Spotted wing drosophila counts saw a slight upward trend again this week, but in most locations the populations appear relatively stable.”

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