Lumpy Lawn? Could Be Earthworms

Earthworms, particularly night crawlers, can be abundant in moist soils that contain moderate, or greater, amounts of organic matter. Worms take in and process soil and organic matter, then deposit the remnants (castings) during nocturnal surface visits. The castings dry

Posted in Lawn & Turf

Varied Carpet Beetles Are Stirring

Varied carpet beetles probably can be found in most every house and building in the state. They are out of sight for most of the year while their larvae hide in drawers, closets, and assorted cracks and crevices. They could

Posted in Household Pests

Featured Publications

Sustainable Disease Management in the Home Garden (fact sheet series) Home garden production is more likely to be successful when plant diseases are managed proactively. Preventative practices help to minimize pesticide sprays in residential settings and provide a more sustainable

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Caterpillars on the Ceiling?

The unusual sight of a cream- to pink-colored caterpillar (or two) leisurely crawling up a kitchen wall or across the ceiling raises the distinct possibility of an Indian meal moth infestation. The Indian meal moth is one of the most

Posted in Household Pests

Hog Lice and Mange Mites

Hog lice and mange mites are two external parasites that thrive during cold weather, and they can spread quickly by direct contact between animals. Hog lice use piercing-sucking mouthparts to feed on blood.  Infestations can be especially serious for young

Posted in Livestock Pests

Featured Publication

Midwest Fruit Pest Management Guide 2016 (ID-232) The Midwest Fruit Pest Management Guide 2016 was developed by the Midwest Fruit Workers Group, which includes University of Kentucky Extension specialists, as well as specialists from twelve other universities.  This publication combines

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Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab Highlights

The following plant disease highlights from the University of Kentucky Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratories represent recent sample submissions from vegetables and ornamentals. Diseases diagnosed on vegetable crops in greenhouse/high tunnel production during January have included black rot (Xanthomonas campestris) on

Posted in Diagnostic Lab Highlights

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