Know You Pests and Recognize Their Enemies: Ladybugs

If I were to ask a group of producers if they know what a ladybug looks like, without hesitation they would respond ‘of course!’  But I also have had producers ask me to identify ladybugs as there are many different

Posted in Vegetables

Green June Beetle at Harvest

Green June beetle (GJB) is attracted to ripening fruit as it softens and the sugar content increases; it is a serious pest of fruit crops at harvest. This can create a serious problem for growers, as they often don’t realize

Posted in Fruit

Masked Chafer and Green June Beetle Flight

Masked chafer and green June beetle flights have been up in central Kentucky this summer, according to Dr. Dan Potter, UK Landscape Entomology Researcher. Masked chafers and green June beetles have been very active. Their larvae are responsible for the damage

Posted in Lawn & Turf

Keep Up With Tick Protection

Tiny lone star tick larvae (also called seed ticks and turkey mites; Figure 1) will be very active over the next few weeks. Also, adult American dog ticks will seek hosts through early August. Dressing appropriately, using repellents, and checking

Posted in Pests of Humans

Stable Flies

The stable fly is a blood sucker that looks like a house fly but has a piercing-type mouthpart that projects forward from the front of its head. Males and females feed on warm-blooded animals and humans, usually around the lower

Posted in Livestock Pests

2014 Insect Trap Counts

Weekly trap counts for major insect pests are provided by the Kentucky IPM Program. Traps are located at the UK Research Center in western Kentucky and the UK Spindletop Farm in Lexington.  Below are trap counts for the current period.

Posted in Insect Trap Counts

Protect Pollinators from Pesticides

Pollinators, such as bees, wasps, butterflies, and flies, can be exposed to pesticides by being hit by spray droplets during an application, contacting spray residues on treated plants, and/or, consuming a pesticide as nectar and pollen are collected. Here are

Posted in Fruit, Vegetables
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