Monthly Archives: August 2014

Black Legume Aphid in Alfalfa: Watch Fall-Seeded Fields Closely

The black legume aphid (or cowpea aphid) is an unfamiliar sight in Kentucky alfalfa; however, there were many established colonies on alfalfa in Fayette County late last week. Adults have shiny black bodies; nymphs are slate gray. The legs are

Posted in Forages

May Not Be a Problem, But We’re Trapping Large Numbers of Stink Bugs!

Certainly this is the time to be checking your soybeans for the presence of stink bugs. I have not noticed economically important problems in the beans I have sampled, but stink bugs are certainly common and our light traps have

Posted in Grains

Spotted Wing Drosophila Update

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is in high numbers in many parts of the state and has overwhelmed control efforts in some areas. Fall red raspberry (Figure 1) harvest is underway and some growers have not been able to get adequate

Posted in Fruit

Soil-borne Pathogens Serve as the Biggest Threat to Mum Production in KY

Many of our vegetable and greenhouse producers are beginning to include fall chrysanthemum production in their operations.  Mums are usually planted in June and sold in September when fall color is in demand.  In Kentucky, mum production can vary in

Posted in Ornamentals

Oleander Aphids on Monarch Project Plants

Plants grown to attract monarch butterflies may become infested with bright yellow oleander aphids. Colonies of these small sap-feeding insects live on stems, foliage, and seedpods of oleander, butterfly weed, and milkweed. All of these aphids are females; however, they

Posted in Ornamentals

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Update

In regions where brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) has been established for several years in Kentucky (Louisville, Lexington, and eastern KY counties), this insect has become common in some locations.  It is now an economic pest on a number of

Posted in Household Pests, Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Ground Beetles are Common Household Pests

Shiny, often black ground beetles are common predators along foundations, lawns, and crop fields. These fast crawlers typically have narrow, flat, triangular heads with a pair of forward pointed pinching jaws. Their flat bodies allow them to enter cracks and

Posted in Household Pests