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An Asian hornet on a rock.
May 8, 2020 - Filed Under: Insects-Home Lawns

No, that’s not a murder hornet. But you may have seen one of these four look-alikes that do live in Mississippi.

A closeup of a Southern yellowjacket queen.
May 7, 2020 - Filed Under: Beekeeping, Insects-Home Lawns, Insects-Pests

News reports of a new, invasive hornet spotted in the Northwest has heightened people’s awareness of flying insects recently.

A beekeeper teaching three young people about keeping bees while looking at bee hives.
March 6, 2020 - Filed Under: Beekeeping

Believe it or not, urban landscapes can provide enough plant diversity to sustain honeybee colonies, making beekeeping a suitable hobby for both city and country dwellers. Jeff Harris, beekeeping specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said both locales have their pros and cons when it comes to growing healthy honeybee hives. “Many urban landscapes contain ornamentals and other flowering plants that provide a better and more diverse diet than monoculture crops,” Harris said. “Just like humans, bees are healthier when their food comes from many different sources, not just cheeseburgers -- or in the bees’ case, 3,000 acres of corn.”

October 24, 2019 - Filed Under: Insects-Human Pests, Insects-Pet Pests

Jerome Goddard received the Felix J. Underwood Award from the Mississippi Public Health Association at its 82nd annual conference.

September 19, 2019 - Filed Under: Soybeans, Agri-business

The Mississippi State University Extension Service Plant Diagnostic Lab is offering free nematode testing for all Mississippi-grown soybeans through Aug. 30, 2020.

 A mosquito sits on a person's arm.
September 10, 2019 - Filed Under: Family, Health

September has arrived, and that has me thinking about all things fall. But the reality is it’s still sweltering outside, and we’ve got several more weeks of defending ourselves against mosquitoes.

A small child runs barefoot through tall grass and has red insect bites on his calf.
July 19, 2019 - Filed Under: Insects-Human Pests, Insects

Being outside in the summertime can feel like a battle against nature. Mosquitoes. Ticks. Chiggers. (Photo by CanStock)

Image is of a shiny, medium-brown cockroach with six legs and long antennae.
June 28, 2019 - Filed Under: Insects, Household Insects, Insects-Pests

With so much unpleasantness associated with cockroaches, it may not be surprising that they are one of the most expensive pests to control in the state.

Four women stand around the Bully statue on the Mississippi State University campus.
June 4, 2019 - Filed Under: 4-H, Junior Master Wellness Volunteer

Bullying is personal to Je'Kylynn Steen, whose experiences as a victim and witness, helped give her insight into a project that can help others who may face the same challenges.

As a community health intern with the Junior Master Wellness Volunteer Program, she served as the primary author of a new bullying module to help young people recognize this pervasive problem and learn strategies to stop it.

Several worker eastern subterranean termites eat a piece of dead wood.
April 2, 2019 - Filed Under: Termites, Insects-Home Lawns

Termites are probably not something you consider when you are gardening. But many landscaping tasks, including digging and mulching, can put your home at risk for termite damage. (Photo by Blake Layton)

A golden retriever scratches fleas on green grass.
March 12, 2019 - Filed Under: Healthy Homes Initiative, Pets, Insects-Pet Pests, Insects-Pests

Peak flea season is in the spring and summer, but in warmer areas like the South, successful flea control is a yearlong battle. (Photo by CanStock)

A medium-sized black and white dog lies on green grass.
March 11, 2019 - Filed Under: Insects-Pet Pests

It’s a given. Our beloved pets will attract some unwelcome guests: fleas. (Photo by Susan Collins-Smith)

February 11, 2019 - Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts

Commercial pecan growers can learn about orchard establishment and management during the 2019 Pecan Education Workshop March 20 in Raymond.

January 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Pesticide Applicator Certification, Insects, Turfgrass and Lawn Management

Agricultural professionals are invited to attend the 2019 General Pest Management Workshop Jan. 24 at the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Raymond.

September 13, 2018 - Filed Under: Youth Projects, Community, Family, Insects

Insects and their habitats take center stage during Bugfest at the Mississippi State University Crosby Arboretum in Picayune on Sept. 21 and 22.

Close-up of a tick attached to human skin.
July 20, 2018 - Filed Under: Insects-Human Pests, Insects-Pet Pests, Insects, Insects-Pests

Ticks are on the long list of things in Mississippi that make a person itch in summertime, and they are very unpleasant for a variety of reasons.

A butterfly gathers nectar from a yellow flower in a group of yellow flowers.
June 15, 2018 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Herb Gardens, Places for Wildlife, Urban and Backyard Wildlife

PICAYUNE, Miss. -- Pollinators are important to flowering plants and the food supply, but dwindling numbers of some of these creatures, including monarch butterflies and bees, have captured the public’s attention.

Many people want to help. But what can homeowners do to support these important pollinators?

Jennifer Buchanan, senior curator at the Mississippi State University Crosby Arboretum in Picayune, shared her top three tips for creating a pollinator-friendly garden.

 A tiny brown moth sits beside a penny for scale.
March 21, 2018 - Filed Under: Green Industry, Insects-Pests

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A new moth has become a serious pest to the greenhouse and nursery industries since it entered the state in 2010.

Blake Layton, an entomologist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the European pepper moth was detected in California in 2004 before showing up in Mississippi six years later. Its caterpillars attack a wide range of ornamental plants and vegetables.

A Mississippi State University specialist stands before a room of seated meeting participants.
February 26, 2018 - Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Green Industry, Organic Fruit and Vegetables, Other Vegetables, Nuts, Forages, Beef, Equine, Goats and Sheep, Swine

Agricultural clients met with Mississippi State University personnel to discuss research and education needs during the annual Producer Advisory Council Meeting for the southwest region February 20.

An orange and white Monarch butterfly rests on small purple flowers.
February 26, 2018 - Filed Under: Farming, Insects

Mississippi temperatures got into the single digits this winter, which many people think of as bug-killing weather, but experts say that is not always the case.

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