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Landscape Sanitation: Clean Up for Clean Plants

Autumn has arrived in Kentucky and, as leaves change color and fall from trees, it is time to focus on landscape sanitation. Good sanitation practices can help reduce disease-causing pathogens.  These organisms can survive for months or years on dead

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Our Friends, the Compost Maggot

Several insects thrive in decaying organic matter, so compost bins usually provide all the resources that they need. Maggots are an important part of the nutrient recycling process. Black soldier fly maggots are among the most disturbing of the “decay

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Pine Sawflies Are Active Now

Time to check for pine sawflies. Second generations of the redheaded and introduced pine sawfly are active now and can cause significant defoliation if not detected early. Female wasps insert their eggs into needles at the top of the tree,

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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

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Yard Wasps–Beyond Cicada Killers

Velvet ant Cicada killers, velvet ants, and Scolia wasps are among the wasps in lawns now. While these insects are intent on carrying out their daily chores and tend to disregard humans, they can cause painful stings if disturbed. Velvet

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Japanese Beetles Abundant in Some Areas

Japanese beetles are emerging, and there are early indications that populations are well above normal in some areas. Upcoming rain will soften the soil and spur more emergence. When practical, hand removal is an effective way to control this insect

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Ohio and Tennessee are reporting above-normal incidences of spittlebugs, so Kentucky may experience that, too. Spittlebug is a name given to the immature stages of species of sap-feeding insects that produce and live within a frothy mass of their own

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