Author Archives: Andy Michel

About Andy Michel

Michel is an Assistant Professor and Extension Entomologist, The Ohio State University, Department of Entomology. He focuses on insect molecular population genetics, genetics of adaptation and evolution of field crop and other pest species, host-race/biotype formation, ecological specialization and speciation.

Western Bean Cutworm Counts On The Rise

Our Western bean cutworm (WBC) catches sharply increased last week, with many of the adults being caught in northwest Ohio. Although it difficult to use trap counts to predict damage, a general rule of thumb recommends scouting for egg masses when multiple moths are caught over consecutive nights. A few traps are averaging more than

6 Spring Insect Pest Problems To Watch

There are several major insect pests growers and retailers should keep a close eye on this spring, according to Ohio State University Extension entomologists Ron Hammond and Andy Michel. They are: Black cutworm. We have had heavier weed growth because of earlier warm weather, especially chickweed growth. With this extra growth comes the potential for