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…
February 26 through March 2, 2018 is National Invasive Species Awareness Week! In recognition of NISAW, DISC will be posting an “Invasive Species of the Day” throughout the week. Today’s highlighted species is Japanese Barberry. Click the image below for a full .pdf version, and please spread the word!
February 26 through March 2, 2018 is National Invasive Species Awareness Week! In recognition of NISAW, DISC will be posting an “Invasive Species of the Day” throughout the week. Today’s highlighted species is White-Nose Syndrome. Click the image below for a full .pdf version, and please spread the word!
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″]
“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″]
Congratulations Charter School of Wilmington Team B for winning the 2016 Delaware ENVIROTHON on April 28! Although it was a cold and rainy day, about 20 teams of high school students from across the state came out to test their knowledge of environmental topics. DISC board members, many of whom are heavily involved in planning the competition, were on hand to help with testing- which included sections on invasive plant, insect, and aquatic species. DISC was proud to sponsor this year’s competition…
In honor of National Invasive Species Awareness Week 2016, DISC will be highlighting a different invasive species each day! Today’s species is the Brown Marmorated Stinkbug (Halyomorpha halys).
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″]
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…
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″]