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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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Invasion! (Penn State Ag Science Magazine)

Invasion! (Penn State Ag Science Magazine)

Check out this article on invasive species in the Penn State Ag Science Magazine!  It features quotes from Art Gover, keynote speaker at our 2016 Annual Meeting. Scientists and extension educators in the college battle invasive species. Source: Invasion (Penn State Ag Science Magazine) [sgmb id=”1″]

A Call to Action: 2016–2018 NISC Management Plan

A Call to Action: 2016–2018 NISC Management Plan

“The NISC Management Plan is a call to collective action. It enables us to know where to place our priorities and where to invest in the future. The threats invasive species pose to American assets and security warrant an urgent response backed by the full commitment of NISC and its partners.” Visit https://www.doi.gov/invasivespecies/call-action-2016-2018-nisc-management-plan to download the full management plan. [sgmb id=”1″]

ALERT: Emerald Ash Borer is CONFIRMED in Delaware

ALERT: Emerald Ash Borer is CONFIRMED in Delaware

From Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) Facebook page: “A destructive, invasive beetle that kills ash trees, the emerald ash borer (EAB), has been confirmed in Delaware, making it the 28th state to have found the insect. The statewide impact is expected to be minimal, as ash trees make up only around two percent of Delaware’s tree stock and the state has been preparing for more than a decade. “Because this was not unexpected, we have been working for several years…

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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″]

Emerging Threats: Amazon and eBay hosted ads for banned invasive species | Environment | The Guardian

Emerging Threats: Amazon and eBay hosted ads for banned invasive species | Environment | The Guardian

“In the US, the Department of Agriculture has banned all transport and sale of giant salvinia across state borders. Despite these restrictions, at least four patches were sold in the past year on eBay by a seller in Hawaii who ships anywhere in the US.” Source: Amazon and eBay hosted ads for banned invasive species | Environment | The Guardian   [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″]