Fire ants like these can give a nasty bite.
Millions of dollars are being spent on trying to eradicate fire ants from Australia. But that might not be the only way to deal with the invasive pest.
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.
Argentine ants are a fact of life in many parts of Australia, but can still potentially be banished from Norfolk Island.
Invasive pest ants cause billions of dollars worth of damage to crops, and threaten some of Australia's World Heritage rainforests. The federal budget has pledged nearly $30m on wiping them out – but how?
A dam near Gemtree, Northern Territory.
A barrier just 50km wide might stop water-reliant cane toads in their tracks.
Fleas, as pet owners know, are a common menace.
Aileen van der Mescht
By finding out more about the cat flea, researchers could maybe identify better pest control measures.
A tree-killing beetle has invaded South Africa. This is what should be done.
Sometimes thousands of ladybirds will ‘overwinter’ in the same spot, which experts say is normal behaviour and nothing for homeowners to be alarmed about.
According to experts, ladybirds are no more dangerous than they were before.
Not interested in your new favorite band.
An AC/DC-loving biologist tests the band's 1980 assertion that "rock 'n' roll ain't noise pollution." Turns out it can be – and the negative effects of noise can ripple through an ecosystem.
Aphids often appear in swarms around May and June but what risk do they pose to plants?
He comes in peace.
This Speed Read makes the case why you should be nice to spiders you encounter in your home and consider a live-and-let-live policy.
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The oak processionary moth established itself in the UK a decade ago, ahead of the parasitoids that would normally keep its numbers in check.
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 polyphagous shothole borer is tiny - but a fungus it’s commonly associated with can be deadly for trees.
Wilhelm de Beer
The beetle and the fungus have devastated trees in California in the US as well as in Israel. Now they're in South Africa.
Whiteflies - Africa’s main cassava pest causes damage to crops.
Crop losses in African countries due to insect pests are estimated at 49%. However, with some species losses can climb up to 100%.
A scourge of kitchens everywhere,
Drosophila melanogaster — the common fruit fly — stares down the electron microscope that captured its image.
How do you rid your kitchen of pesky
fruit flies? A scientist who researches them explains.
In many parts of Africa rodents often cause crop losses.
Agricultural pests are one of the key factors affecting small holder farmer production. Focus is normally put on invertebrate pests, but rodents can do severe damage to crops as well.
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Super-fertile slugs from the continent have bred with their cousins in the UK.
When the chips are down.
What's the answer? Fight or flight?
Fall armyworms have a number of characteristics that make them particularly hard to control. They are strong fliers, can breed at a high rate and also develop quick resistance to pesticides.
The Fall Armyworm has a devastating impact because it eats the reproductive parts of the plant as well as its leaves.
A combination of armyworms native to Africa and those normally found in the Americas are ravaging crops in sub-Saharan Africa.