Monthly Archives: January 2016

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

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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

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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

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Last Call to Participate in 2016 IPM Priorities Survey

Kentucky’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program is in the final days of collecting survey responses to be used to update educational and research priorities for the coming year.  If you have not taken the survey, this is your opportunity to

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Firewood Insects

A variety of creatures live in or on trees cut for firewood or settle in stacked wood that is destined for the stove or fireplace. Loose bark provides a protective winter hiding space for some, while others live in galleries

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Register for UK Small Grain Disease Workshop

A small grain disease workshop will be held at the University of Kentucky Research & Education Center in Princeton, KY (1205 Hopkinsville Street) on February 5, 2016.  This is an all-day event with pre-meeting coffee and snacks beginning at 8:00

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How Can a Continuing Mild Winter Affect Alfalfa Insects?

Winter temperatures have a significant impact on insect survival and can greatly affect pest activity for the upcoming growing season. Above-normal temperatures can result in earlier appearance, greater numbers, and increased damage from common pests. In some cases, problems may

Posted in Forages

Blacklegged Ticks Active – More Findings

Adult blacklegged ticks (about 1/8 inch long) actively seek hosts from November through March. Females (Figure 1) take blood meals from a variety of hosts. Males are smaller and a dark plate covers their entire back. Males do not feed

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Planning Checklist for Pasture Fly Control – 2016

Price breaks on early orders provide an incentive to make control decisions and purchases well before fly season begins. Here are a few things to consider as you weigh options and make decisions for pasture fly control for 2016. Focus

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