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The Golden Argiope or Common Spider

The golden argiope is one of the more spectacular, and sometimes the most alarming, spider that we see in early fall. They may bite if bothered but are not dangerous. This orb weaver spider makes a flat, wheel-like web with

Posted in Landscapes

Watch Out for Flannel Moth Caterpillars

There are several species of flannel caterpillars that may be encountered. The ones most commonly reported in Central and Eastern Kentucky are the black wave flannel moth caterpillar and the white flannel moth caterpillar.  Both have painful stinging hairs if

Posted in Human Pests

Fly Strike in Calves

Calving presents the opportunity for fly strikes. Fly strike begins when a female blow fly, usually metallic green bottle fly, lays a small batch of oblong white eggs on an attractive site. These scavenger flies do not deposit eggs on

Posted in Livestock Pests

Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab Highlights

The following plant disease highlights from the University of Kentucky Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratories represent recent sample submissions from field crops, fruit, vegetables, and ornamentals. Diagnostic samples of agronomic crops from the past week have included southern rust and gray

Posted in Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab

Avoid Making Cover Crops a Pest

The use of cover crops in Kentucky is on the rise with more farmers looking to gain an edge wherever they can.  Cover crops have many benefits, including keeping soils in place over winter, improving soil quality, and in some

Posted in Grains

Spider Mites Active on Vegetables

The hot, dry conditions we experienced earlier this month have brought on two-spotted spider mite problems in some areas. Unlike many insect problems, we are alerted to mite infestations by the symptoms of their damage rather than seeing the mites

Posted in Vegetables

Stress and Decline in Woody Plants

Woody trees and shrubs may exhibit decline resulting from the stresses that can occur during their lives. Stress may be the result of improper plant or site selection, incorrect planting or maintenance practices, or poor soil conditions. Injury from equipment,

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs