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This is the podcast blog for the National Pest Management Podcast Series, featuring conversations with pest management experts Greg Baumann and Cindy Mannes from NPMA. Cindy and Greg will discuss common household pests, like bedbugs, ants, termites, pantry pests, and the kinds of pests you can expect to see during spring and summer activities -- and how you can take steps to prevent these pests from becoming a nuisance in your home.
 
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Tune in today to hear the Arthro-Pod gang discuss Chagas disease and kissing bugs. All the hosts have had questions asked of them about this disease and the insect that can help vector the causal parasite. There are lots of stories out there about the dangers but what is the truth about Chagas in much of the US? We'll cover the parasite, the diseas…
 
In Season 3, episode 13 of "What's Killing My Kale," Annie talked with Seth Wannmeuhler, a graduate research assistant at University of Minnesota, about kiwiberries. Seth has become an expert on kiwiberries through is research the last several years in which he seeks to develop a new hardy kiwiberry variety that produces well in Minnesota. In addit…
 
In Season 3 Episode 12 of What's Killing My Kale, Natalie talked with Inga Meadows, Extension plant pathologist at NC State University, about disease management in organic tomatoes. It's nearly impossible to avoid disease issues in tomatoes, but there are ways to preventatively manage them, even in organic systems. In this episode, Natalie and Inga…
 
Hey everyone, Michael here. I'm excited to share an interview I recorded with Denise Montelongo about gall wasps and her work on them at Penn State. We talked about what a gall is, what kind of organisms make galls, cynipid gall wasps, and a whole lot more. You can follow Denise's work through the Frost Museum on Twitter @FrostMuseumand the web; yo…
 
Usually, the Arthro-Pod crew is all about tying to convince people that insects are cool and to be appreciated. However, they are only human and even they have some insects that they have convoluted pasts with. Some of them they may have come around on but others... well maybe it's best they stay separated! Tune in to hear each host's story! Show N…
 
In Season 3 Episode 10 of What's Killing My Kale, Natalie talked with Dr. Brent Loy, emeritus professor of plant genetics and cucurbit breeder extraordinaire at the University of New Hampshire. Every year we hear about fruiting in flowering issues in cucurbit crops towards the middle of the summer. Many of the strategies to prevent this from happen…
 
Welcome back to Arthro-Pod! Today is part two of our deep dive into the history of DDT, a long and convoluted story that has lots of effects on us today. This portion of the story is about the long fall that DDT had, beginning with the publication of "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson and ending with the creation of the Environmental Protection Agenc…
 
If you have been watching the news lately, you have undoubtedly heard the phrase "murder hornet" being thrown around. There’s a lot of fear-mongering and sensationalism out there. We’re all stressed out and anything nicknamed a “murder hornet” can’t be good. The Arthro-Pod gang is here with a special podcast episode to tell you it will be okay and …
 
In Season 3, episode 8 of What's Killing My Kale, Natalie talked to Local Extension Educators Claire LaCanne (Rice & Steele Counties) and Shane Bugeja (Le Sueur and Blue Earth Counties) about their recent trials to measure soil biological activity. Photo: Claire LaCanne With increasing interest in soil health over the years, at-home trials such as …
 
In Season 3, episode 9 of What's Killing My Kale, Natalie talked to Dr. Paulo Pagliari, an associate professor of soil science at the University of Minnesota, about nutrient management in wet soils. Though this spring has been relatively dry, our climate is becoming wetter overall, and we may still see heavy rainfall and flooding this season. In pr…
 
Howdy, there bug folks! Today's show is going to be the first part of a two parter on the insecticide known as DDT. The topic is a little dark, so we hope you'll take care when exposing younger listeners. We're going to cover the initial discovery of DDT, what kind of world it came to be popular in, and how DDT became forever linked to American ide…
 
Howdy bug lovers! Today we are excited to have Dr. Greg Pask on the show. Greg is an expert in insect olfaction, how they smell the world. Smell plays a huge role in an insect's life and Greg studies the ways their sensory organs work and how insects use them in a smelly world. It's an important part of insect anatomy and of entomology history. So …
 
Spotted wing Drosophila on a raspberry. Photo: Charlie Rohwer, UMNIn Season 3 Episode 6 of What's Killing My Kale, Annie talked with Dr. Mary Rogers, an Assistant Professor studying organic food production systems in the Department of Horticulture. They discussed recent research findings from Dr. Rogers team, as well as other farms and researchers …
 
Spotted wing drosophila damage on tart cherry. Photo: Annie KloddIn Season 3 Episode 5 of What's Killing My Kale, Annie talked with Gigi Digiacomo, a research fellow in the Department of Applied Economics. They discussed Digiacomo's recent findings about how spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) has impacted the Minnesota berry industry, and weighed the ec…
 
Howdy, bug lovers! The Arthro-Pod gang hopes you are all doing as well as as can be during a time of craziness in the world. We have a great guest on the show this week, Dr. Tierney Brosius, who we get to chat with all about teaching science at a smaller academic institution, scientific illustration, and some entomology fashion! Tienery has a great…
 
In Season 3 Episode 4 of What's Killing My Kale, Annie talked with Aaron Wills from Little Hill Berry Farm. They discussed how climate change is impacting fruit production, and strategies for adaptation. This is the fourth and final episode in a mini series about how climate change is impacting our ability to grow fruits and vegetables in MN. You c…
 
We are back with another season of What's Killing My Kale! In Season 3 Episode 2, Annie talked with farmer Laura Frerichs from Loon Organics farm about how climate change is affecting their ability to grow vegetables, and adaptation strategies. This is the second episode in a mini series about how climate change is impacting our ability to grow fru…
 
In Season 3 Episode 3 of What's Killing My Kale, Natalie talked with Erin Johnson and Ben Doherty from Open Hands Farm. They discussed the ways that they have noticed the impacts of climate change on their farm, and strategies they're using for adaptation. This is the third episode in a mini series about how climate change is impacting our ability …
 
We are back with another season of What's Killing My Kale! In Season 3 Episode 1, Natalie talked with Kenny Blumenfeld, Senior Climatologist with the DNR about how our climate has changed over the last 100 years, and projections for the future. This is the first episode in a mini series about how climate change is impacting our ability to grow frui…
 
Howdy bug lovers! Today is a special treat for us, the Arthro-Pod gang gets to meet a hero of ours, Sophia Spencer. You may remember Sophia's story from a couple years back, she has always had a passion for insects but unfortunately encountered bullying for her interests. After a particularly bad incident at school, her mom, Nicole Spencer, wrote t…
 
Howdy bug lovers! On today's program, the Arthro-Pod gang meets up with Meghan Barrett, a PhD student at Drexel University. Meghan is a researcher, studying the neuroanatomy of wasps and bees but she is also passionate about science communication and creativity. We chat about her research and how we can integrate the creative world of poetry and th…
 
Howdy bug lovers! Today we're talking about blood stealing ectoparasites and learning all about ticks from University of Kentucky graduate student Anna Pasternak. Anna is working on a large scale tick survey in Kentucky that is helping us to see how populations of ticks may be changing in the state and monitor for the invasive Asian longhorned tick…
 
"It's fake news!" A common refrain for people nowadays, fake news is an actual phenomenon that we can see in action most often on social media. On today's show, Dr. Nancy Troyano of Rentokil North America talks to Jody and Jonathan about how insects often feed into fake news. Tune in to learn about the different kinds of fake news you can see onlin…
 
Hello bug lovers! Today is a unique episode, where Mike and Jonathan talk about their history playing Pokemon games and what that has to do with entomology. Come learn all about virtual monsters that resemble arthropods and pick out a favorite one! Also, maybe ponder if Pokemon presents an opportunity for entomology educators to connect with their …
 
In today's year end spectacular, the Arthro-Pod gang discuss some of the interesting insects and samples they have come across at work. As extension professionals, it is our job to help people with their possible pest problems or teach them about how insects might not be all bad. That means we get to see lots of things and solve many mysteries! Tun…
 
Today we are doing a deep dive with human lice! Get ready to itch and listen to all the things you need to know but don't want to hear about lice. We cover head lice basics, how to deal with a head lice incident in your life, and finally the differences between head, body, and pubic lice. Tune in! Show notes Pubic Lice Not Going Extinct by Gwen Pea…
 
Today's episode features professor of entomology Dr. Clare Rittschof, from the the University of Kentucky. Dr. Rittschof's work focuses on behavior and the neurobiology of insects, particularly honey bees. Tune in as she discusses how experiences and social interactions influence behavioral expression! It's fascinating to find out how "social inter…
 
Author: Natalie Hoidal. Interviewee: Yolanda Chen In episode 26 of What's Killing My Kale, Natalie talked with Dr. Yolanda Chen, a professor at the University of Vermont. Yolanda has been studying Swede Midge on the East coast, where it has been a devastating disease of cole crops. In particular, her research has focused on organic management strat…
 
Author: Natalie Hoidal. Interviewees: Julie Weisenhorn and Nathan Hecht In episode 25 of What's Killing My Kale, Natalie talked with Extension Educator Julie Weisenhorn, and recently graduated horticulture master's student Nathan Hecht. Both Julie and Nathan have been studying how flowering plants near fruit and vegetable plots impact pollination a…
 
Author: Natalie Hoidal. Interviewee: Angie Ambourn In episode 26 of What's Killing My Kale, Natalie talked with Angie Ambourn, supervisor of the MDA's pest detection unit. Angie's team has been studying emerging insects and diseases in community gardens across Minnesota, and they've recently detected Swede Midge in gardens across the Twin Cities. S…
 
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