Pests In The Landscape And Garden

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  • + Exotics
      Exotic Pest Invaders

      The impact that a new species can have when brought into the United States is potentially huge. Every year new insects, snails, crabs, reptiles, plant diseases, and other organisms enter the U.S., often brought in by produce smuggled in by tourists. This brief article summarizes the terrible impact these pests can have.

  • + Fungus Among Us
      Stinkhorn Mushrooms

      It wasn’t there yesterday, and it is today, a strange thing sticking up about 5 inches long in your lawn and covered with flies. Just what the heck is this thing and what can you do about it?

  • + Insects & Mites That Damage Your Trees and Shrubs
      Galls on Plants: You Mean THAT'S An Insect?

      You may think it’s a seed pod, but a great many of the strange lumps and growths on the leaves and stems of plants are actually caused by insects. They may jump, they may look like pieces of candy, and they may be as big as baseballs. This is a fun topic.

      Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter

      Wine fanciers beware. Another threat has emerged that can destroy an industry, and in fact this bug may feed on many dozens of other kinds of plants, infecting them with a disease that kills them.

      Leaf-cutting Bees

      You look at your garden plants and find large sections of leaves mysteriously disappearing. Big, circular pieces have been removed for unknown reasons by unknown things. Could this be the work of the ambitious little leaf-cutting bees? Read more to find out.

      Lerp Psyllids on Eucalyptus Trees

      It seems like every year we are told of a new insect invader to the U.S., and this one makes its presence known by the mess it leaves on cars below it. Learn about this little pest of eucalyptus trees.

      Scale Insects

      They don’t look like an insect at all, but they are – those sticky lumps you often find on leaves or stems, sometimes dripping goo onto the leaves and ground below them. Scales can harm your plants, and this will help you recognize them and deal with them.

      Those Boring Beetles

      Your trees are at risk, for there are many insects that want to eat it, from the leaves right down to the roots. Those that burrow into the trunk and branches are covered here, along with their potential to kill the trees and what options you have for stopping them.

  • + Pest Insects of Your Lawn
      White Grubs & Weevils

      You may not realize they are there, but bugs are feeding on your beautiful lawn, often laying undetected in the soil until there suddenly is a large brown area of dead grass. Recognizing and controlling these big insect larvae will be discussed

  • + Pests in Landscape and Garden
      Ash and Oak Borer Beetles

      Beetles are among the most beautiful of all the insects. They also are among the most destructive to our forests and landscape trees, and new species finding their way into North America are taking a terrible toll on our native trees. Read about some of these recent exotic imports here.

      Bees In Their Burrows

      Have you ever noticed the sudden appearance of hundreds of little bees in your yard, flying back and forth over the lawn or soil? Your garden may be better off if you leave them alone and enjoy them.

      Orb Weaver Spiders

      Those with a severe aversion to spiders may not be particularly happy to see these guys in the garden. Orb weavers are some of the largest spiders in North America, and they have a habit of placing their webs across pathways. However, these are beautiful creatures with a beneficial role to play, and an understanding of them just might make you more tolerant.

      Weeds in Your Yard - a Basic Primer

      Weeds....they are cursed at every step of the way. Gardening articles are filled with advice on keeping them out of your lawn, and local stores sell an arsenal of products to kill them. But, there are things you need to know before beginning this kind of program so that you don't add new headaches to your life.

  • + The Bagrada Stinkbug