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Let’s not forget 2007…

The forecast is eerily reminiscent of 2007. Let’s not forget that the last frost date for north GA is a month out! Please consider the prospect of a late freeze when considering if you should remove cold frame covering. I wouldn’t do it until April 10…  
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Yellow poplar weevil outbreak

Originally posted on ecoIPM.org I was in Northwestern Pennsylvania last week and found tulip poplar trees with leaves that had brown dried edges and small brown spots. From a distance the trees looked like that had leaf scorch or some disease. It turned out they were covered in small black…
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Imported willow leaf beetles

Reposted from http://ecoipm.org/blog/ Imported willow leaf beetle (Plagiodera versicolor) are common on willows in landscapes and natural areas. Most of year adults and larvae are feeding on willows. The adults are iridescent black to blue and about ¼ inch long. The larvae are dull gray. The eggs are yellow and…
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Gloomy scale crawlers hatching

 Originally posted on ecoipm.org. Gloomy scale, Melanaspis tenebricosa, is an armored scale that feeds on maples and other tree species. It becomes very abundant on red maples on streets and in landscapes and can cause branch dieback and tree death in some cases. It is not unusual to find trees…
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Bagworms hatching in Raleigh, NC and on conifers near you

If you have conifers or other plants that seem to have grown weird, dangling pinecones, look again because you have bagworms. Bagworms have been hatching for the last week or so. You can find the tiny caterpillars with tiny upright bags anywhere there are bags left from last year. The…
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We’re Back for Spring

Hello everyone, We took some time off while the blog was undergoing a facelift, but now we are back and will be posting as time allows and as we discover material we believe would be interesting and useful to you. We hope you have a great spring season! Matthew Chappell…
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IPPS-SR Early Registration Ends Soon

Something to look forward to….The IPPS-SRNA 2014 Conference in Hickory, NC October 26-29. THE LINKS ARE HERE! REGISTER FOR CONFERENCE (online) RESERVE YOUR HOTEL ROOM! (code IPP for special rate of $109) THE 39TH ANNUAL MEETING BROCHURE Schedule of Events, Sponsors, Hotel Info, Registration Form and more A few of the…
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Red and yellow stripped azalea caterpillars hatching

Yesterday I found the first azalea caterpillars of the year. These tiny caterpillars had just hatched from the white eggs you see in the background. You can scout for these bright eggs in August before the caterpillars hatch and remove them. I think these caterpillars are worth having though since…
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Orange-stripped oakworm feeding

For the last few weeks, orange striped oakworms have been raining on my head as I work in the trees. They also drop a lot of poop (entomologists call it frass) which is one of the major complaints by homeowners. Orange-striped oakworms congregate on branches to feed every year in…
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New (GIANT) ambrosia beetle in nurseries

Nursery growers have been struggling with ambrosia beetles for decades. In the southeast it is primarily the granulate ambrosia beetle, Xylosandrus crassiusculus. In the Northeast and Midwest the predominate species is Xylosandrus germanus. These are tiny beetles that make tiny … Continue reading →
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Urbanization is good for pests and bad for trees

My wife is from a neighborhood outside Baltimore called Lawyer’s Hill. This is where, in the 18th century, lawyers (and I assume doctors and other gentlemen) had country houses and could escape the summer heat. It is only 3 miles … Continue reading →
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Tuliptree scales blacken tulip polars

If you haven’t met tuliptree scale, Toumeyella liriodendri, its high time you did. I found dense patches of it at a local playground the other day. I was tipped off by honeydew, which can mean tulip poplar aphids, but also … Continue reading →
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Retailers to require neonic plant labels

Scientific American is reporting from Reuters that Home Depot, BJ’s Wholesale, and other smaller retailers will soon require vendors to label plants that have been treated with neonicotinoid insecticides. Neonicotinoids are among the most commonly used insecticides on ornamental crops and … Continue reading →
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Tiny lady beetle predators of soft scale

Hyperaspis binotata is an important natural enemy of soft scales in eastern US. It particularly came to the attention of researchers trying to control terrapin scale on orchard trees in the early 20th century. It feeds on lecanium scales, Pulvinaria … Continue reading
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Maple spider mite damage and management

Maple spider mites (Oligonychus aceris) are common and damaging pests of maple trees throughout the Eastern United States. These spider mites overwinter on the trunk and branches of maple trees and migrate to the underside of leaves in the spring. Once there, they use their mouthparts to pierce leaf cells and feed…
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Red headed flea beetles active!

Red headed flea beetles active in nurseries Posted on June 4, 2013 by ecoIPM.com blog visit us for more nursery and landscape IPM information. Follow us on Twitter @OrnaPests.  Redheaded flea beetles, Systena frontalis, have become a serious pest of nursery stock Redheaded flea beetle on Itea. Photo: Greg Bryant, NCSU over the past several years.  They…
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Pyracantha pests

This week we noticed some major pest infestations on pyracantha bushes around campus.  The most noticeable is woolly apple aphid infestations.  These produce cottony fluff along the branches. When you brush away the fluff (really it is wax the aphids produce) you will see hundreds of pink or grey aphids…
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