Monthly Archives: April 2016

Rainy Season Equals Phytophthora Disease

Spring rains can create growing conditions that are devastating to most landscape plants.  Wet soils are favored by a group of pathogens called water molds, or oomycetes, which cause a range of root and stem diseases. Water molds are found in

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs, Ornamentals

Boxwood Leaf Miner

Boxwood leaf miners are serious pests. They prefer American boxwood but will attack English and Japanese boxwoods. The larvae (small maggots) create yellow oval areas, similar to blisters, on infested leaves (Figure 1). When abundant, damage can cause premature leaf

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Eastern Tent Caterpillars Movement Begins

The earliest hatching eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) have finished feeding and have entered the “wandering” stage of their life cycle. Over the next 10 days to 2 weeks, restless tent caterpillars will crawl from their home trees, eventually finding a

Posted in Forest Trees, Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Emerald Ash Borer Update

The first instance of emerald ash borer (Figure 1)  infestation in Meade County was reported recently by Abe Nielsen (Kentucky Department of Forestry). Visit the Kentucky Ash Borer Information website for the most current distribution map. The degreeday accumulation in

Posted in Forest Trees, Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Reduce Landscape Mosquito Factories

The Asian tiger mosquito (ATM, Figure 2) is a peridomestic species, meaning it is adapted to live in and around human dwellings. Everyone can play a major role in reducing numbers of this fierce day-biter simply by recognizing potential breeding

Posted in Human Pests

Information Source for Zika Virus and Mosquitoes In Kentucky

Visit the Information on Zika Virus for Kentuckians website set up by the University of Kentucky to provide information on the Zika virus and resources on mosquito management in the Commonwealth.   By Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist  

Posted in Human Pests

Featured Publication

Black Spot of Rose (PPFS-OR-W-10) Black spot is the most common and serious disease of roses in Kentucky. This fungal disease is a problem in greenhouse production and outdoor plantings. The newly updated fact sheet on black spot discusses symptoms,

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