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Preserving Fruits & Vegetables

Preserving fruits and vegetables is a great way to save money and provide healthy food for your family. If …

Red Imported Fire Ants on the ground

Red Imported Fire Ant

My first introduction to red imported fire ants was in Alabama a few years ago when I was attending …

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Japanese Beetles

Japanese beetles will be showing up in gardens soon. The adults emerge from the soil and like to feed …

Eastern Tent Caterpillar

Eastern Tent Caterpillar

Eastern tent caterpillars are common native insects that create silk webs or tents in the branch crotches of some …

Virginia Sweetspire

Virginia Sweetspire

Virginia Sweetspire, Itea virginica, is a native, deciduous to a semi-evergreen shrub that grows in the southeast along stream …

Okra growing on plant

Basics for Growing Okra

Okra is a garden staple in many vegetable gardens in the Piedmont. The first summer after I moved to …

Rose sawfly on a rose leaf. Photo: SD Frank

Sawflies on Roses

For the past several weeks I have noticed damage to the leaves of my roses. Each year this happens and …

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Asian Giant Hornet

I’d like to talk to you about the Asian giant hornets found recently in Washington State. The news media …

False oleander scales. Photo: SD Frank

Monitor False Oleander Scales

False oleander scale, Pseudaulacaspis cockerelli, is a tropical and subtropical pest originally from China. False oleander scale is common throughout …

Imported will leaf beetle on willow. Photo: SD Frank

Imported Willow Leaf Beetles

Imported willow leaf beetle (Plagiodera versicolor) are common on willows in landscapes and natural areas. Most of year adults and …

Crape myrtle aphids. Photo: SD Frank

Crape Myrtle Aphids

Crape myrtles are among the most commonly planted trees in the Southeast. The two main pests are crape myrtle …

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Tick Season Is Here

Ticks are most active between April – September. When seeking a blood meal, ticks crawl up onto grass or …

Felt Scale on Oak

Felt Scales on Oak

Felt scales are a family of scale that include Azalea bark scale, crepe myrtle bark scale, European Elm scale, …

Twospotted spider mites and webbing on a butterfly bush leaf. Photo: SD Frank

Scout for Twospotted Spider Mites

Twospotted spider mites are probably the most common spider mite species to damage ornamental plants, fruits, vegetables, and others. Twospotted …

photo of Crape myrtle Bark Scale

Crape Myrtle Bark Scale

Many landscape trees and shrubs have been over-planted because they are maintenance-free, because they are a fast-growing screen, or …

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2014 Recommended Kentucky Bluegrass Cultivars for North Carolina

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Figure 1. Immature cottony cushion scale insects.

Cottony Cushion Scale

This Entomology Insect Note describes the biology and control of cottony cushion scale, an insect …

Figure 1. Euonymus bush infested with euonymus scale.

Armored Scale Identification and Management on Ornamental Plants

This Entomology Insect Note discusses how to identify and manage common armored scale insects that …

Citrus mealybugs

Mealybugs

This Entomology Insect Note describes the biology and control of mealybugs, an insect pest of …

Aphid.

Aphids on Ornamental Landscape Plants

This Entomology Insect Note describes the biology and control of aphid pests of ornamental trees, …

Figure 1. Columbine damage by leafminer flies.

Leafminer Flies

This Entomology Insect Note describes the biology and control of leafminer flies, an insect pest …

Figure 1. Hemispherical scale.

Hemispherical Scale

This Entomology Insect Note describes the biology and control of hemispherical scale, an insect pest …