Monthly Archives: June 2014

Kudzu Bug Collected in Christian County, KY

A single adult Kudzu bug was collected on June 16, 2014 from a Kudzu patch located at near KY mile marker #1 on the north-bound right-of-way of I-24 (Christian County). No nymphs or eggs were collected. This represents the first

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Leaf Spotting on Tobacco Common across Kentucky

Recently, we have been seeing many cases of lower leaf spotting in tobacco in all areas of the state (Figure 1). These symptoms are most common in crops that were set 3 to 6 weeks ago (late May). In most

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Spotted Wing Drosophila Captured in Western Kentucky

We have identified our first spotted wing drosophila (SWD) of 2014 in western Kentucky. It was present in a trap maintained by Patty Lucas in the Purchase Area of the state. The timing of this capture is very close to

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Burrower Bugs and Purple Deadnettle

White margined burrower bugs are 1/8 to 1/4 inch long insects with sucking mouthparts. The adult is glossy black with a thin gray line around the edge of the body (Figure 1). The smaller nymphs, immature stages, are orange/red and

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Some Insect Nuisances around Swimming Pools

Swimming pools will attract certain aquatic insects every year, but the lure of the water may bring in many other creatures. Thrips The most dramatic are thrips, tiny elongate yellow insects. They may be drawn to water after being driven

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Managing the Asian Tiger Mosquito

The Asian tiger mosquito (ATM) is a serious nuisance at best and a potential public health threat at worst. This aggressive day-biting mosquito prefers mammals:  humans, cats, dogs, etc., but will occasionally feed on birds. It is capable of transmitting

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Mosquito Repellents

Repellents are chemicals that interfere with the host-finding or feeding events of biting insects and ticks. Used according to label directions, they can protect people from bites by these arthropods. The Centers for Disease Control recommends using products that have

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