Bugged By Bugs or Other Pests?

Call Pennsylvania's 24-hour IPM hotline for solutions or visit the website.

Published on: Jun 24, 2011

When insects, diseases, weeds or animals are devouring your plant profits, you need answers as soon as possible. That's why Pennsylvania's hotline is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You can access the latest pest and pest management information by dialing the Pennsylvania IPM Program's toll-free hotline at 1-800 PENN IPM. Out-of-staters can call 814-863-9393.

Callers can receive information such as recent phermone trap capture counts for their region, up-to-date disease development information, plus tips on pest management tactics from the Pennsylvania IPM Program. Integrated pest management aims to manage pests – insects, diseases, weeds and animals – by combining physical, biological and chemical tactics that are safe, profitable and environmentally compatible.

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Information on such crops as Christmas trees, sweet corn, tomatoes and other vegetables are included on the hotline. Messages on the automated hotline are updated frequently during the growing season, sometimes as often as daily during critical management periods. And, they're available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Pest management specialists from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Penn State's Departments of Entomology and Plant Pathology and Penn State Cooperative Extension contribute their time and expertise to keep the information current and useful.

The Pennsylvania IPM program is a collaboration between Pennsylvania State University and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture aimed at promoting IPM in both agricultural and urban situations. For more information, contact the program at (814) 865-2839, or Web site http://paipm.cas.psu.edu.

For more stink bug answers, check out the following websites:

• University of Maryland Cooperative Extension: www.extension.umd.edu.

• Rutgers University: http://njaes.rutgers.edu/stinkbug/.

• Penn State University: http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/brown-marmorated-stink-bug.

• Northeastern IPM Center: www.ncipmc.org/alerts/stinkbug_alert.pdf.