Where Do the insects Go for the Winter?

Insects have various ways to survive the winter.  Migration is one way insects escape the cold temperatures.  The Monarch butterfly is one insect that moves from cooler climates to warmer ones, but others migrate northward from southern states.  These insects are mostly crop pests. Hibernation is a way adult insect survive the cold weather. Lady bird […]

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The Boxelder Bug

Wow, the hot and humid days of summer are over and so are the insect pests. Not true. There can be pests on your landscape plants throughout the year. They may not be in the life stage that is actively feeding on your plants, but the pest may still be there. Photo credit: University of […]

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Fall Insect Pests

Now that autumn is here, there are still some insect pests that are out there seeking to attack your landscape plants. Some are pests lingering from the summer and others come out in the cooler fall temperatures. What are some of these pests? There are lace bugs, which attack azaleas, pieris japonicas, pyracanthas and cotoneasters. […]

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Fall Webworm

It is mid to late summer, and I’m seeing thick webbing in some of my trees and shrubs. What is causing the thick webbing near the end of the branches? Is it bagworms, or tent caterpillars or some type of spider? No, it’s most likely fall webworms. The first generation starts in May, which is […]

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What are spider mites?

Spider mites are often thought of as insects, but they are not. They have eight legs instead of six, thus they are more closely related to spiders than insects. There is typically three life stages to spider mite: eggs, immatures that look like adults but are smaller and adults. There several types of spider mites, […]

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Bagworms

The Bagworm, Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis, often gets mixed up with the fall webworm. Their life cycles cross paths during the summer months. They not only differ in their appearance, but they differ in the type of silken structure that they produce. The bagworm caterpillar is dark brown and forms a cocoon-like bag that hangs from the […]

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Japanese Beetles

The Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica Newman, is a widespread and destructive pest of turf and ornamental plants in the United States. It is also a pest of some fruit trees, gardens, and has a total host range of more than 300 plant species. Adult Japanese beetles feed on foliage, flowers, and fruits. Leaves are typically […]

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Why Are My Leaves Turning Black?

Aphids, or plant lice, are small, soft-bodied insects. There are hundreds of different species of aphids, some of which attack only one host plant while others attack numerous hosts. Most aphids are about 1/10 inch long (2.54 mm), and though green and black are the most common colors, they may be gray, brown, pink, red, […]

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Mushrooms

With all of the moisture we’ve been seeing in our area, lots of customers are calling asking about mushrooms on their lawn. The most popular reaction is, “Mushrooms are a fungi and this cannot be good for my lawn!” Well, this is incorrect. They’re actually good guys in the ecosystem of your yard. If you […]

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Azalea Lacebugs

It’s mid-May and you are noticing that your azaleas appear to have yellow spots on the leaves. What is causing this? Upon further investigation you notice a small Lacey winged insect on the plant, and some even land on you. What is this insect and is it causing the yellow spots on the azalea leaves? […]

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