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Fowl Ticks

Fowl Ticks

The fowl or poultry tick (Argas persicus) was newly detected in Delaware at a location in Kent County. This species, which is native to Asia but widely distributed around the world, is considered a major pest of poultry and linked to numerous avian health issues. This marks the first record of a soft tick (family Argasidae) in the state, with all other documented species being hard ticks (family Ixodidae). Poultry keepers are advised to monitor for tick infestations and report…

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Zebra Mussels found on moss balls sold as aquarium plants

Zebra Mussels found on moss balls sold as aquarium plants

March 4, 2021: Zebra Mussels have been found attached to and inside of Betta Buddy Marimo Balls (moss balls) that are being sold in aquarium and pet shops. They were first reported in the state of Washington, but these moss balls are distributed across the U.S. and are being found in other states. They have not been found in Delaware yet, but it is important to keep an eye out. If you find Zebra Mussels in moss balls, please document…

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Grant Opportunity from the Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species!

Grant Opportunity from the Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species!

The Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species is requesting proposals for their annual small grant competition.  The deadline for applications is March 11, 2019 at 5pm.  View the full request for proposals here, or visit MAPAIS’s Funding Opportunities page. The mission of the MAPAIS is to assist state and federal agencies and other stakeholders in developing and implementing strategic, coordinated, and action-oriented approaches to preventing and controlling aquatic invasive species (AIS) in the mid-Atlantic region. The driving force behind the…

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Controlling Japanese Barberry Helps Stop Spread of Tick-Borne Diseases

Controlling Japanese Barberry Helps Stop Spread of Tick-Borne Diseases

A 2012 article from UConn Today about the connection between Japanese Barberry infestations and densities of Lyme-infected ticks: “In addition to attracting earthworms, the Barberry creates a perfect, humid environment for ticks. Williams recites the numbers. ‘When we measure the presence of ticks carrying the Lyme spirochete (Borreliaburgdorferi) we find 120 infected ticks where Barberry is not contained, 40 ticks per acre where Barberry is contained, and only 10 infected ticks where there is no Barberry.’” [sgmb id=”1″]

Maryland: Statewide Eyes Program Calls on Citizens to Help Find Invasive Plants

Maryland: Statewide Eyes Program Calls on Citizens to Help Find Invasive Plants

“Citizens and scientists are working together to tackle the problem of invasive plants on state lands through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ new Statewide Eyes program. Statewide Eyes is seeking people interested in identifying and mapping invasive plants that threaten ecologically sensitive sites.” Source: Statewide Eyes Program Calls on Citizens to Help Find Invasive Plants [sgmb id=”1″]

NISAW 2016: The Great Impact of One Community

NISAW 2016: The Great Impact of One Community

To kick of National Invasive Species Awareness Week 2016, DISC is featuring an article by our own Education and Outreach Committee Co-Chair, Greg Gagliano on his invasive removal work in Arden, Delaware.  Greg is the owner of  Red Tail Restoration & Land Management, LLC. The Great Impact of One Community By Greg Gagliano Not all forests are created equal.  Many fragmented natural areas in the Mid-Atlantic region are overrun with invasive plants that out-compete native vegetation by growing quickly, spreading…

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National Association of Invasive Plant Councils is offering webinars for NISAW

National Association of Invasive Plant Councils is offering webinars for NISAW

The National Association for Invasive Plant Councils is offering a series of free webinars in honor of National Invasive Species Awareness week, which kicks off on February 21, 2016. The first webinar is on Monday, February 22, 2016 3:00 PM – 4:00 pm, titled “Let’s take a hack at hack and squirt individual plant treatments” with Stephen Enloe, Associate Professor, Agronomy Department/Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, University of Florida. Upcoming Webinars [sgmb id=”1″]

Maryland Invasive Plant Advisory Committee Announces New Regulation

Maryland Invasive Plant Advisory Committee Announces New Regulation

Way to go, Maryland! A press release from the Maryland Department of Agriculture:     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          CONTACT: Julie Oberg, 410-841-5888 Jason Schellhardt, 410-841-5744 Maryland Invasive Plant Advisory Committee Announces New Regulation ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 10, 2016) – The Maryland Department of Agriculture has announced proposed regulations regarding the classification of certain invasive plant species on a tiered system, as well as new definitions, conditions under which the Secretary’s approval may be given for otherwise prohibited activities under…

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Zebra mussel invasion snuffed out by elite team of sniffer dogs – British Columbia – CBC News

Zebra mussel invasion snuffed out by elite team of sniffer dogs – British Columbia – CBC News

Shared by our friends at the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team: An elite special investigative team is being used to keep out the invasive zebra mussel from Alberta waters, and while the pests haven’t invaded B.C. waters yet, it is best to be careful, says one team member. Source: Zebra mussel invasion snuffed out by elite team of sniffer dogs – British Columbia – CBC News [sgmb id=”1″]