Monthly Archives: March 2017

Welcome New Entomology Staff Member

Jessica Van Erden joined the Entomology Department as Staff Assistant in February. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining the Department of

Posted in Announcements

Beware of True Armyworms–Mild Winter Provides Conditions for Potential Injuries in Small Grains

The true armyworm (Mythimna unipuncta) is one of the species of armyworms that feeds on small grains in spring in Kentucky. This species is different from fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda). Fall armyworms overwinter in south Texas and Mexico; whereas true

Posted in Grains

Weevil Watch

Alfalfa weevil populations are continuing to develop with mostly small larvae (less than 1/8 inches long) (Figure 1) collected in sweep samples taken from 4- to 6-inch alfalfa in three Fayette county fields on March 24, 2017. While not an

Posted in Forages

Be Ready for Ticks

The lone star tick and the American dog tick (Figure 1) are common problem species found in Kentucky and much of the eastern U.S. They are a significant threat to everyone who works, plays, hunts, hikes, or camps in or

Posted in Human Pests

Varied Carpet Beetles Head for Windows

Varied carpet beetles are 1/10-inch long black beetles with irregular patterns of white, brown, and yellow scales on their hard wing covers (Figure 1). The adults are active in early spring after completing their development indoors. Attracted to sunlight, they

Posted in Household Pests

Surface Temperature Inversions and Spray Drift

Usually, when the sun’s energy hits the ground, it warms the air at the surface. This warm air normally expands and cools as it rises, so air temperature decreases with altitude. A temperature inversion occurs when a layer of cool

Posted in Pesticide Topics

2017 Insect Trap Counts

Trap counts for major insect pests are provided by the Kentucky IPM Program. Traps are located at the UK Research and Education Center in western Kentucky and the UK Spindletop Farm in Lexington.  Below are trap counts for the current

Posted in Insect Trap Counts