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Rhodesgrass Mealybug Infesting Turfgrass 29/04/2019 Grant Beatt

Rhodesgrass Mealybug Infesting Turfgrass

Rhodesgrass mealybugs are not a new insect pest, since they were first discovered in the 1940s. This mealybug is native to Asia and seems to be found more frequently in the Gulf States. It has a wide range of host grasses, with Bermuda grass and St. Augustine grass being the most susceptible but tall fescue […]

3 Types of mole crickets 29/04/2019 Grant Beatt

3 Types of mole crickets

Three species of mole crickets were inadvertently introduced to the southeastern United States about 1900, and have caused serious plant damage. The introduced species are: the short-winged mole cricket, Scapteriscus abbreviatus Scudder; the southern mole cricket, Scapteriscus borellii Giglio-Tos (known until recently as S. acletus Rehn and Hebard); and the tawny mole cricket, Scapteriscus vicinus […]

Life Cycle and Description of Mole Crickets 29/04/2019 Grant Beatt

Life Cycle and Description of Mole Crickets

The southern and tawny mole cricket are quite similar in appearance and biology. The shortwinged mole cricket differs in appearance because of the short wings, but also in behavior because it has no calling song and the short wings render it incapable of flight. Typically, the eggs of these three species are deposited in April-May, […]

Mole Cricket Host Plants 29/04/2019 Grant Beatt

Mole Cricket Host Plants

Though normally thought of as turf and forage grass pests, mole crickets are omnivorous, feeding on animal as well as plant material. Several studies have indicated that when provided with grass or collected from grass-dominated habitats, the southern mole cricket is less damaging than the tawny mole cricket. The southern mole cricket feeds mostly on […]

29/04/2019 Grant Beatt

Florida tests bacteria-infected mosquitoes

Thousands of bacteria-infected mosquitoes were released in the wild Tuesday near Key West, testing a new way to kill mosquitoes that carry Zika and other viruses. The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District released 20,000 male mosquitoes infected by the Kentucky-based company MosquitoMate with naturally occurring Wolbachia bacteria. The offspring produced when the lab-bred mosquitoes mate […]


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