Monthly Archives: March 2016

A Different Kind of Year for Alfalfa Weevils?

A January 12, 2016 KPN article speculated on the impact of the 2015-16 winter on alfalfa weevil in Kentucky.  Mild temperatures should have allowed females to be active and lay eggs on many winter days, potentially resulting in an early

Posted in Forages

Mild Winter, Good Spring for Slugs

Slugs should have survived our mild winter without a problem, and our early spring temperatures and rainfall pattern are ideal for them. Slugs use their rasping mouthparts to tear tissue from leaves, stems, and flowers. New transplants and small seedlings

Posted in Lawn & Turf, Ornamentals

Sawflies Basking on Sunny Surfaces

Sawfly adults are shiny 3/8-inch long wasps with shiny black bodies that may be marked with other colors.  They have long, thin, black antennae and two pair of wings held flat over their backs. Adult sawflies bask on sunny surfaces

Posted in Lawn & Turf

Eastern Tent Caterpillar Egg Hatch

Black cherry leaf buds are breaking, so it is time for eastern tent caterpillar eggs to begin hatching. Populations have been increasing across the state. Masses can contain up to 300 eggs. It is best to remove tents early to

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Termite Swarmers Out

The first termite swarmers of the year were observed last week. In Kentucky, termite swarms can occur from March through May. These dark-bodied winged males and females, which are the dispersal and reproductive individuals of the colony, usually leave warming

Posted in Household Pests

Featured Publication

Effectiveness of Fungicides for Management of Tree Fruit Diseases Two efficacy tables for tree fruit disease fungicides have just been updated with 2016 information.  These are both available online: Effectiveness of Fungicides for Management of Apple Diseases (PPFS-FR-T-15) Effectiveness of

Posted in Featured Pubs & Videos

Periodical Cicadas in Northeastern Kentucky?

Brood V of the 17-year periodical cicada (Figure 1), which is comprised of three separate species, is due to emerge this spring. The green-shaded area of the map (Figure 2) shows where they are expected. None of the Kentucky Pest

Posted in Forest Trees, Landscape Trees & Shrubs

The Oil Beetle – One of Kentucky’s Blister Beetles

Oil beetles belong to the blister beetle family; however, their small, flexible wing stubs give them a very different appearance compared to typical beetles. These large, slow-moving insects should be ideal prey for birds and small mammals, but they contain

Posted in Livestock Pests

White Peach Scale

The female white peach scale, an armored scale, resembles a fried egg (Figure 1) because her yellow-orange body is covered with a white waxy secretion. Figure 2 shows a live “juicy” female with her cover removed; no eggs are present,

Posted in Fruit, Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Emerald Ash Borer Treatments – 2016

Kentuckians living in counties where emerald ash borer (Figure 1) has been detected should determine the numbers and sizes of ash trees on their properties and decide which trees, if any, should be protected.  Managing Emerald Ash Borer: Decision Guide

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Featured Publication

Don’t Eat Those Wild Mushrooms…unless you know what you are doing! (PPFS-GEN-14/FORFS-16-01)  Mushroom hunting is a fun and rewarding hobby that can turn a hike through local woods into a puzzle-solving adventure. Many people are drawn to mushroom hunting and

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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 greenhouse/high tunnel vegetables during February have included Botrytis gray mold on lettuce; white mold (Sclerotinia)

Posted in Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab