Battling Bugs

Battling Bugs

Now that all the threats of frost have abated, we’re all scrambling to play catch up with our annual flower and vegetable planting. As cool as it has been, planting any earlier wouldn’t have turned out to have any advantage…

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Grub Control

Grub Control

There’s so much confusion about grub control that garden centers will sell a much larger percentage of grub control in the spring than in summer when, logically, it should be the other way around. I’m sure that much of this…

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Sawfly Larvae

Sawfly Larvae

Symptoms Occurring usually on pines. Partially or completely eaten needles near the tips of branches. In severe cases, the entire tree or shrub may be defoliated. Presence of caterpillars is usually obvious. Lifecycle Eggs are laid in spring by flying…

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Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

The praying mantis might better have been called the “preying mantis” since it is a voracious predator. It will attack most of the larger insect pests found in the garden including grubs, beetles, cinch bugs, tent caterpillars, aphids, grasshoppers, leafhoppers,…

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Birch Leafminer

Birch Leafminer

SYMPTOMS: Brown leaves, hollowed out, with black particles inside hollowed leaves. LIFECYCLE: The flying adult lays eggs on birch leaves in spring when young leaves are beginning to unfurl. The eggs hatch within a few days. The hatchling larvae begin…

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Spruce Gall Aphid

Spruce Gall Aphid

SYMPTOMS Swollen, stunted, or deformed bud tips (new growth) occurring in the spring, and browning as the season progresses. LIFECYCLE The Eastern Spruce Gall Aphid winters over as an adult near the tips of branches where new growth will occur.…

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Lady Bugs

Lady Bugs

Despite its demure name, the lady bug is feared by most of the smaller insect pests that ravage our flower beds and vegetable gardens. Each lady bug will consume many times their weight in troublesome insects. They love to munch…

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Chinch Bug Control

Chinch Bug Control

Chinch bugs are turf pests that damage grass plants by sucking juices out while injecting toxic fluid into the blades. Chinch bug damage appears in early summer when temperatures have reached 75 degrees or above for several days. This heat…

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