Most South African provinces are favourable for the establishment of a new invasive alien pest, which may lead to the extinction of native cycad species.
If you find your house overrun by bugs after the floods, go easy on them. Here's what you can do instead of using pesticides.
Gene drive guarantees that a trait will be passed to the next generation. But should society use this tool to control insect populations?
A swarm of roughly 40 million desert locusts can eat the same amount of food in one day as about 35,000 people.
Gluttonous caterpillars are excellent crop pests — their kidneys perform several tasks that allow them to grow rapidly, while eating plants.
Aerial baiting has been Australia's foremost weapon against pest species for the past 74 years. But at what cost?
Climate change, globalization and concerns about rat poison soon could drive rat infestations to levels not seen in centuries. One way to curb them is getting humans to stop wasting food.
A tree-killing beetle that invaded South Africa two years ago and wreaked havoc in the country's towns and cities still hasn't been declared an emergency plant pest.
Savvy female stable flies prefer to lay their eggs on donkey and sheep dung. Knowing where they choose to do this will help us manage disease.
Cities often embark upon drastic and expensive eradication campaigns designed to rapidly rid the city of pests like rats. But are the surviving rats stronger or weaker than before?
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.
An ecosystems approach to cities that recognizes rats as part of the ecosystem can help address the challenges presented by urban rats.
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.
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 can evolve rapidly to different environmental conditions, this suggests it will be well suited to cope with climate change.
Not all bugs are bad! Put down the pesticides and get to know the predators and parasites hidden around you.
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.
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.
A broad process of communication and consultation should be initiated before gene drives are applied to control pests and diseases in Australia.