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Bees, Seeds, and Water Beads

Central Oregon is a global mecca for vegetable seed. Learn how Oregon State research has crafted a unique balance between honeybees, pheromones, irrigation, and farming to grow vegetable seeds better than almost anywhere in the world.

By Rhonda Simmons | Video

Piecing Together the Pest Puzzle

Imagine a giant jigsaw puzzle you can never fully solve because the pieces are always changing shape. That's an apt comparison to the challenges faced by farmers in Oregon, who face ongoing threats from invasive species.

By Rick Hilton, | Video

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Drought driving more yellowjackets into backyards this year

Aug 6, 2018
If nests are not in a highly trafficked area, the best practice is to leave them alone.

By Kym Pokorny | News Story

Serious pest targets popular white-bark birch trees

Jul 14, 2018
Bronze birch borer can kill a tree before homeowners notice.

By Kym Pokorny | News Story

Beneficial bats help control insects in the garden

Jun 15, 2018
Bats can eat their weight in insects in one day, providing important pest control.

By Kym Pokorny | News Story

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Is this a bot fly larvae, is my family at risk?

I found a cuterebra larva on my bathroom floor today. Freaky! So after watching them get pulled out of cats' noses they have my full attention! I have two cats and a dog that don't show any symptoms. Did it fall out of my boot? A hand truck delivery service? We had kids sledding, did they drag it up...

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