Press Releases

Annapolis, MD; February 21, 2017—The Entomological Society of America (ESA) endorses the March for Science to be held on April 22. The guiding principles of ESA, a non-partisan scientific society, recognize that the discipline of entomology is global, that all of its members must be able to participate fully in the organization, and that entomologists must collaborate with government and the public to maximize the positive benefits insect science offers to the world. The stated goals and principles of the March for Science align closely with these strategic principles of ESA....

Annapolis, MD; February 20, 2017—Pest ants like the red imported fire ant could be controlled more effectively with insecticide baits that can withstand moisture, say researchers with the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS). A comparison study published today in Journal of Economic Entomology shows a water-resistant ant bait offers a significant advantage over currently available baits, which break down when wet....

Annapolis, MD; February 16, 2017—In a crowded marketplace of products advertised to repel mosquitoes, consumers are wise to trust spray-on repellents containing DEET or PMD, say researchers at New Mexico State University. In a comparison study of several mosquito-repellent products, "wearable" devices such as bracelets or sonic repellers were found to be largely ineffective in repelling Aedes aegypti mosquitoes....

Annapolis, MD; February 1, 2017—The Entomological Society of America is looking for the finest specimens of insect photography for inclusion in the next edition of the World of Insects Calendar. Submissions are now being accepted....

Annapolis, MD; January 30, 2017—Carol M. Anelli, Ph.D., a professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Entomology at the Ohio State University, has been selected to deliver the Founders' Memorial Award lecture at Entomology 2017, the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), November 5-8 in Denver. Her lecture will honor Anna Botsford Comstock, the first woman professor at Cornell University....

Annapolis, MD; January 20, 2017—Researchers at the University of Hawaii have developed a new genetic-testing method for identifying the invasive coconut rhinoceros beetle, which promises to be much faster than existing physical identification methods. The new tool, reported in the Journal of Economic Entomology, could be a significant step toward keeping the species—a damaging pest to coconut palm trees that was first seen in Hawaii in 2013—from becoming widespread....

Annapolis, MD; January 9, 2017—The Entomological Society of America seeks candidates to serve in the position of editor-in-chief of American Entomologist, ESA's quarterly membership magazine. The new editor-in-chief will begin his or her term in January 2018....

Annapolis, MD; January 3, 2017—Lyme disease has been spreading across the United States over the past several decades, and a new study has confirmed that ticks carrying the disease are present in eastern national parks....

Annapolis, MD; Dec. 22, 2016—Is the United States at risk for a large-scale outbreak of Zika or other mosquito-borne disease? While climate conditions in the U.S. are increasingly favorable to mosquitos, socioeconomic factors such as access to clean water and air conditioning make large-scale outbreaks unlikely, according to new analysis of existing research--but small-scale, localized outbreaks are an ongoing concern....

Annapolis, MD; December 12, 2016—In communities where bed bugs are present, educating teachers and children about them is a powerful tool for prevention. Schools are often a primary avenue through which the pest can spread, as it hitches a ride from one place to another in clothes and book bags....

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