2011 Items of Interest:
Marmorated Stink Bug in San Luis Obispo County (California) (Nov
Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys Stål was
recently found in San Luis Obispo County in an incoming shipment of household
items from Pennsylvania, where it is considered as a serious pest. In California,
Los Angeles County is the only place where populations of BMSB are known to exist.
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Identifies Giant
African Land Snails in Miami-Dade County (Sep 15, 2011)
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has positively
identified a population of Giant African
land snails (GALS) in Miami-Dade County. The Giant African land snail is
one of the most damaging snails in the world because they consume at least
500 different types of plants, can cause structural damage to plaster and stucco,
and can carry a parasitic nematode that can lead to meningitis in humans. Anyone
who believes they may have seen a Giant African land snail or signs of its
presence should call FDACS toll-free at 888-397-1517 to make arrangements to
have the snail collected.
Capture of Spotted Wing Drosophila: Deploy and check traps now
to enable early detection of this pest (Jul 15, 2011)
Michigan State University.
The first capture of spotted wing Drosophila for 2011 in Michigan has been
confirmed. This is a new invasive insect pest of several tree and small fruit
crops grown in this region, and it was first trapped in this state in late
2010. It was confirmed this week that we have caught this pest in a trap that
was collected on Jul 7 in Allegan County, south of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
For more information for growers and homeowners, see Michigan State University's Spotted
Wing Drosophila site.
Blight of Tomato and Potato in Connecticut--2011 (May 2011; PDF
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Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.
Department of Plant Pathology Station.
Late blight was confirmed on tomatoes
and potatoes in a Connecticut greenhouse. As
of May 2011, no field outbreaks have been observed.
Reports Didymo Discovered in the West Branch Farmington River:
First Confirmation of this Invasive Species in Connecticut (Mar
Connecticut Department of Environmental
The highly invasive freshwater alga, Didymosphenia
geminata, known as "didymo",
has been discovered in the West Branch Farmington
River, a very popular trout stream in northwestern
Wasting Disease Found In A White-Tailed Deer In Maryland (Feb
Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
A white-tailed deer harvested in Maryland has tested positive for Chronic Wasting
Disease (CWD). Chronic Wasting Disease is a transmissible neurological disease
of deer and elk that produces small lesions in brains of infected animals.
Maryland joins 20 other states and Canadian provinces with CWD documented in
deer, elk or moose.
Ag. Department Confirms Brown Marmorated Stink
Bug in Michigan (Feb
Michigan Department of Agriculture.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture
confirmed the presence of brown
marmorated stink bug (BMSB) in Michigan.
BMSB can be a serious pest of a variety of
fruits, vegetables, field crops, and ornamental
plants. This is the first confirmation of this
pest in the state.