Learning about urban rat populations through genetic testing reveals information about their movements through cities.
Genetic analysis shows that urban rats prefer to stay near their relatives; however, some of them migrate. Knowing this could help with pest control efforts.
Rats are part of the urban ecosystem and an urban ecology approach to managing their populations may involve learning to share the city.
An ecosystems approach to cities that recognizes rats as part of the ecosystem can help address the challenges presented by urban rats.
Does it really pay to spray?
It's easy to whip out the fly spray, but our fondness for pesticides can bring knock-on effects such as increased resistance, and harming beneficial insects in and around our homes.
Moving beyond pesticides to control the destructive Varroa mite that’s killing honeybees is appealing, but requires more research.
Bee colonies are threatened by a mite. However, a different mite has been evaluated for its potential to address this threat.
The Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata.
The Mediterranean fruit fly can evolve rapidly to different environmental conditions, this suggests it will be well suited to cope with climate change.
Lacewings are fantastic predators and are easy to rear and release.
Dan Papacek & Tony Meredith (Bugs for Bugs)
Not all bugs are bad! Put down the pesticides and get to know the predators and parasites hidden around you.
Cane toads have been found from Perth to Sydney.
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New cane toad traps that carefully imitate mating males successfully target breeding females. Males, meanwhile, will turn up for anything that sounds remotely like a toad.
The experiences of a migrant district in Scotland's biggest city could be the shape of things to come.
Gene drives aim to deliberately spread bad genes when invasive species such as mice reproduce.
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Releasing just 100 mice carrying a faulty gene designed to stop them reproducing can remove an entire population of 50,000, a new study shows, paving the way for new eradication efforts.
Gene drives could prove useful for controlling mosquitoes which spread diseases like malaria, dengue and zika virus.
A broad process of communication and consultation should be initiated before gene drives are applied to control pests and diseases in Australia.
Hundreds of thousands of crown-of-thorns starfish have invaded North Queensland, devastating reefs.
New research has uncovered a whole new way to combat the devastating crown-of-thorns starfish, by decoding the pheromones that they use to communicate.
Public park in Manhattan, home to a rat population with over 100 visible burrows.
Dr. Michael H. Parsons
Rats foul our food, spread disease and damage property, but we know very little about them. A biologist explains how he tracks wild rats in New York City, and what he's learned about them so far.
Fungi that live inside plants can fight off nasty insect pests.
Genetic techniques are helping scientists work out how to stop invasive species before they rack up huge environmental and financial costs.
Tractors may have revolutionised farming but to protect biosecurity, farmers could do with some extra help.
New technology to tackle biosecurity challenges down the track is one of the five megatrends identified in today’s CSIRO report Australia’s Biosecurity Future: preparing for future biological challenges…
The exact point in time developing fruit fly pests become male or female has been identified. University of Western Sydney…
Recreational hunters could significantly contribute to pest-management according to a new study. Survey results have indicated…
Insect predators such as this ladybird can control pests just as well as pesticides.
More than A$17 billion worth of crops grown in Australia annually is attributed to agricultural pesticides. That’s a staggering 68% of the A$26 billion industry, according to a recent Deloitte report commissioned…
Coffee growers in Costa Rica have increased their coffee yields by leaving patches of surrounding rainforest untouched. Researchers…
Disease-carrying pests such as the biting midge Culicoides can be blown from Asia into northern Australia by strong winds.
Australian researchers are developing a new tool to help track and manage the vast numbers of disease-carrying insects blown…