Outstanding Resource for Testing Ticks

Nancy Taylor recently found a great resource regarding ticks called the Laboratory of Medical Zoology (LMZ).  LMZ is an academic research lab at the University of Massachusetts with a focus on infectious diseases or more specific "zoonosis".  Their website describes zoonosis as "diseases with transmission cycles that involve other animal species."  One of the great things about this resource is that they test ticks for diseases.  The standard test of deer ticks is $50.00 and includes testing for Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis.  In addition you can search their database and find...

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Pam Bennett
Eastern Tent Cats on the Horizon boggs.47 Sat, 03/11/2017 - 13:07
Eastern Tent Caterpillar (ETC) moth eggs have started hatching in Georgetown, KY, which means that egg hatch should be on the horizon in Greater Cincinnati.
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Joe Boggs
Spring-Like Conditions and a Predicted Egg Hatch of Eastern Tent Caterpillars. boggs.47 Fri, 02/24/2017 - 11:20
The early flowering of trees and shrubs in Greater Cincinnati is highly unusual; perhaps unprecedented. Phenological and GDD indicators predict that overwintered eggs of eastern tent caterpillars may be hatching.
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Joe Boggs

Emerald Ash Borer University - Spring 2017

Are you looking to get your emerald ash borer (EAB) updates?  Pesticides?  Parasitoids?  Why not learn more about EAB and other invasives from the comfortable of your own office or home?  Tomorrow, February 21 is the official kick-off to the "2017 spring semester." 

 

On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 11:00 am EST, Dr. Cliff Sadof with Purdue University will be providing an update on Chemical Control of EAB:  What Works, What Doesn't Work, and Why.  This session is the first of a series of presentations that include information on hemlock woolly...

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Amy Stone
Warm Winters and Insect Survival boggs.47 Sat, 02/18/2017 - 13:48
What effect will our balmy winter temperatures have on insect pests? Overwintering strategies of insects are varied and complicated meaning we can't paint with a broad brush when answering this question.
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Joe Boggs
Building Ohio State - A Must See Library Exhibit stone.91 Sat, 02/04/2017 - 15:09

 

 

If you are on the Ohio State University campus anytime now until May 14, 2017,  Building Ohio State it is a must see.  In fact, it is worth a trip to Columbus to specifically see this library exhibit. You won't be disappointed as the amount of planning and preparation by the team that pulled everything together is truly amazing! You will learn about how trees play such an important role - both while they are alive and after they are harvested. One of my favorite areas of the exhibit included a "did you know case" that included a wide variety of...

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Kathy Smith
Never Too Early To Begin Tracking Growing Degree Days (GDD) stone.91 Tue, 01/31/2017 - 22:15

A recorded breaking warm-up in January is just a memory. While temperatures are feeling a bit more winter-like, it is not too earlier to begin following the Growing Degree Day Calendar online at  https://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/gdd/

 

A quick check earlier today showed that Toledo had accumulated 16 GDD units in 2017.  Do you know what is happening in your part of the state? Check it out today! 

 

Once at the website, all you will need is an Ohio zipcode! 

 

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Amy Stone
ODA Announces 2017 Gypsy Moth Treatment Project Open Houses stone.91 Sat, 01/07/2017 - 02:51

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) has announced the 2017 Gypsy Moth Treatment Project Open Houses that will be held this winter prior to treatment applications that will be made later in the spring and summer. 

 

 

The gypsy moth is currently in the egg mass stage where it has been since late last summer.  This spring, caterpillars will hatch and the feeding frenzy will begin. 

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Amy Stone