Freeze Effects on Aphids and Their Parasitoids under the Mild Winter Conditions of 2017

Kentucky and the northeastern U.S. experienced a mild winter in 2017. To survive the low temperatures of winter, insects enter into diapause at a specific life stage (adult, larva, pupa or egg). Diapause is a process in which insects slow

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Recognizing the “In-line Borer”

One of the more curious signs on a tree is one or more rows of regular, shallow holes on the trunk. Usually, this is the work of the yellow-bellied sapsucker, a member of the woodpecker family. The sap that wells

Posted in Forest Trees, Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Slugs Attack Early

Slugs are among the first creatures to become active in spring. They scrape their mouthparts across leaves, stems, and flowers to ingest plant tissue. Shade gardens are ideal habitats for slugs, along with mulched areas containing bedding plants. New transplants

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On the Way Out

Several insects that overwinter in protected places, including houses and other buildings, are on their way out now. There is not a lot to do at this point other than clean up any accessible accumulations of dead individuals that could

Posted in Household Pests

Dispose of Empty Pesticide Containers Safely

Use the Kentucky Rinse and Return Program, a voluntary, cooperative program sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the Agri-Business Association of Kentucky (ABAK). Other partners include the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service (which helps coordinate the

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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

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Alfalfa Weevil Feeding Underway – Injury Potential Is A Numbers Game

Alfalfa weevil is the major insect pest of the first alfalfa cutting. Kentucky’s mild winter has pushed development significantly ahead so feeding by weevil larvae is appearing early. The February 21, 2017 issue of KPN provided a look at the

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