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pest management

a green stink bug on a crop

May 24, 2023

Controlling North Carolina’s Stinky Pests

Extension specialist Dominic Reisig and his research team are helping growers get rid of stink bugs devastating their fields. 

Jim Walgenbach loading apples to help with pest problems

Apr 3, 2023

One Step Ahead

Jim Walgenbach's research and fieldwork as an NC State Extension entomologist helps keep pests from causing significant damage to crops in the North Carolina mountains. 

Corn earworm attacking corn plant.

Sep 5, 2022

Soil Temperature Can Predict Pest Spread in Crops

Researchers use historical soil temperature data to learn about – and predict – overwintering success of the nasty corn earworm. 

a spotted lanternfly on a plant

Aug 17, 2022

Spotting the Spotted Lanternfly

As we head into harvest season for grapes, North Carolina vineyards are on the lookout for a particularly unwanted guest—the spotted lanternfly. Learn how to spot and report this pest in this episode of Farms, Food and You. 

someone holding sweetpotatoes

Apr 12, 2022

CALS Economist Joins the Fight to Curb the Effects of Invasive Nematode on Sweetpotatoes

Daniel Tregeagle will conduct an economic analysis to determine the costs of adopting new growing methods to stop the spread of the guava root-knot nematode. 

The wrap-and-plant technology displayed in a Kenyan field.

Mar 7, 2022

Banana ‘Paper’ Stymies Potato Pest

Made from banana waste, the paper blocks growth and infestation of a nasty worm that wreaks havoc with potato plants. 

Strawberries of different ripeness

Dec 8, 2021

IR-4 Project Awarded $56 Million Grant from USDA

The USDA-NIFA has awarded the IR-4 Project, headquartered at NC State, a four-year, $56 million operating grant. 


Jan 15, 2021

Danesha Seth Carley to Lead IPM Center at NC State

Seth Carley will serve as director of the NSF Center for Integrated Pest Management at NC State. 

Jun 5, 2020

Volcanic Glass Spray Shows Promise in Controlling Mosquitoes

An industrial mineral called perlite could help reduce mosquito populations and, in turn, malaria transmission. 

Mar 15, 2013

Study sheds light on invasive fruit pest

Humans aren’t the only species with a sweet tooth. N.C. State University researchers and Extension specialists have found that the invasive spotted-wing vinegar fly (Drosophila suzukii) also prefers sweet, soft fruit. Their study sheds new light on a species that has spread across the United States over the past four years and threatens to cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to U.S. fruit crops.