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Bugs Behaving Badly...USDA Scientists Plan To Stop Them with the Public’s Help

Posted by Tara Weaver-Missick, USDA Agricultural Research Service in Animals Plants Research and Science
Feb 21, 2017
Mosquito on human skin.
Mosquito on human skin.

USDA is taking its battle against bad bugs “to the streets.”  USDA’s Agriculture Research Service (USDA-ARS) is seeking public input in fighting insect pests, many of whom may, in public opinion, top the lists as public nuisance number one—like bedbugs and mosquitoes.

USDA-ARS wants input as it begins planning and setting research priorities for its veterinary, medical and urban entomology research program. Participate in this war on bugs by visiting our newest USDA “Idea Space” and answer the short questions posted in the space.  Your answers to these questions will help us in developing our research priorities in this area for the next five years.  This program is responsible for developing more effective means of preventing and curbing insect pests and other “bad bugs” like ticks and mites that affect both animal and human well-being.

Research under this program focuses on eliminating losses to animal production and products caused by insect-transmitted diseases; enhancing animal food product safety and quality, and improving the quality of life for humans by combating these agricultural and urban pests; and increasing the value and competitiveness of U.S. agriculture—helping to ensure that U.S. farmers can meet our nation’s agricultural demand, while being able to participate in global food markets as well.

In this USDA Open Idea Space, you will find four questions listed in the left “IdeaSpace” that we are asking you to answer. Your answers, as well as other comments and ideas you provide about insect pests, will help us determine current research needs important to the American public.

This space will remain open for ideas and comments through March 8, 2013. This research  has broad-reaching impact as these pests affects every one of us in one way or another.  ARS, USDA’s chief scientific research agency, has been fighting these pests for decades with some very effective results—like developing DEET and other insect repellents to help protect consumers from insect pests—available on the market today.

You can learn more about other research accomplishments in this area by checking out AR magazine November/December 2012 edition, “Keeping Our Troops Safe From Insects.”

Take a stand against nuisance pests by giving us your input today!

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Pat Clayes
Jan 15, 2013

You didn't put in the link to the ideas and comments page.

Jan 16, 2013

Strange Mites are biting our family and are resistance to most pesticides. They crawl in your nose, bite your eye, infest your clothing. The only thing that is bringing some relief is Windex, prescription Ivermectin, frequent showers, and washing entire bedding every night. Bed bug covers on the mattress also help. Please find out what these are!!! Doctors are very little help. They love females, but don not bite the males to often.

Jan 17, 2013

Fleas and chiggers have been terrible in Kansas City for the past 3 years. Last summer my pets swarmed with them in spite of everything I did/used to control the problem, with the end result that one is still scarred from the infestation. I couldn't mow my yard but what I was covered in bites, to the point of getting physically ill after one episode where I had over 40 bites - and pest repellent didn't help!