A team of University and Extension personnel from around the Southeast has created the 2017 Southeastern US Pest Control Guide for Nursery Crops and Landscape Plantings.
Pine needle scales are relatively easy to find and to monitor for crawler activity. Stare at the needles of any urban pine for a minute and you will see white flecks on the needles. These are the scales. You can flip the covers with a pin while looking at them with a hand lens. The females are purple blobs the eggs, if present , will spill out as tiny purple ovals.
Eastern tent caterpillars in the second week of March 2017. Photo: SDF Last week I went looking for small new nests in hopes I could find eastern tent caterpillars just as they hatched. [...]
Street trees perform essential services like removing pollutants from air. Photo: EK Meineke The North Carolina Urban Forest Council developed the Legacy Tree Fund to provide financial assistance to provide financial assistance to [...]
Dead carpenter bee. Photo: SDF In spring carpenter bees, Xylocopa virginica, begin emerging from their winter hibernation. Many people are not concerned about dead bees but instead become alarmed when swarms of live [...]
Oak eriococcin scale eggs spill out after removing the white cover. Photo: SDF We have written before about felt scales on oak trees. Oak eriococcin scales, Eriococcus quercus, are one of the earliest scale [...]
A red maple branch heavily infested with gloomy scale, Melanaspis tenebricosa. Photo: Adam Dale It's not easy for trees to grow, much less, thrive in cities. Cities are warmer than natural areas where trees [...]
What would be the easiest citizen science project ever? Watching paint dry? Falling off a log? Maybe. But what would you, or anyone else, learn from that? We are starting a citizen science project almost [...]
White peach scale (Pseudaulacaspis pentagona) is an armored scale common on many landscape plants and fruit trees. It has a wide host range including over a hundred plant genera such as Buddleia, Camellia, Clematis, Cornus, [...]
Say you are on a road trip. You fall asleep, head lodged against the (hopefully passenger side) window. The last thing you see before drifting off is a string of stores: Starbucks, Target, Bed Bath [...]