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Adult black fly
June 2, 2022 - Filed Under: Poultry, Insects-Human Pests, Insects

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Increasing buffalo gnat populations are more than a nuisance to central and south Mississippians; they cause measurable, sometimes fatal harm to chickens and livestock.

Swarms of these insects, also known as black flies, are killing backyard chickens and causing headaches for small-scale poultry producers in central and south Mississippi. At about 3 millimeters long, buffalo gnats breed in flowing water, so outbreaks tend to be in areas near rivers or streams.

Closeup of someone spraying mosquito repellent on their arm.
May 14, 2020 - Filed Under: Insects-Human Pests, Insects-Pet Pests, Household Insects

With all the rain we’ve had this year, mosquitoes have plenty of places to breed. But you can take some easy steps to keep their numbers down.

A gray caterpillar covered in tiny brown spines hangs upside down on a green leaf.
April 21, 2020 - Filed Under: Insects-Human Pests, Insects

Mississippi does not have to deal with plagues of locusts like those ravaging other parts of the world, but it does have to contend with a stinging caterpillar that is on the increase this spring.

October 24, 2019 - Filed Under: Insects-Human Pests, Insects-Pet Pests

Jerome Goddard received the Felix J. Underwood Award from the Mississippi Public Health Association at its 82nd annual conference.

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