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Hort in the Home Landscape

A blog devoted to sharing timely horticulture topics and answering the questions of gardeners and homeowners.
Insects and Pests
2016-06-30 08 20 26

Japanese Beetles Make Their Appearance

I walked out to my garden this week to find that the lovely 6 week period where Japanese beetles are present had arrived. Oh joy! My pussy willow in particular, is just glowing with skeltonized brown leaves covering the top 1/3 of the plant.     In most years,...

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2014-10-16 13 30 02

Fall Nuisance Insects

Now is the time of year we start to notice various insect critters trying to find shelter inside our homes. The good news is that most of these insects are perfectly harmless and are simply a nuisance. In fact, many of these insects are actually quite beneficial because they eat other soft bodied pests we don't like, like aphids. Now that the season is ending, these insects are simply j...

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2014-10-16 13 30 02

Protecting Your Home From Fall Insect Invaders

Now that fall has arrived and the winter season is approaching, many of us start to notice various insect critters trying to find shelter inside our homes. The good news is that most of these insects are perfectly harmless and are simply a nuisance. In fact, many of these insects are actually quite beneficial because they eat other soft bodied pests we don't like, like aphids. Now that...

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2014-07-13 16 03 59

Japanese Beetles Make Their Debut

Japanese beetles have made their annual emergence and the damage can be seen in many gardens. So far, we haven't heard reports of any large numbers of Japanese beetles in Northern Illinois. It's been believed that the numbers would be lower this year because of the harsh winter we had this season, and so far that is looking true. In my own yard I have only seen minor damage to my sweet potato v...

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per cicada adult

Northern Illinois to escape the 17 year cicada again this year

There are two common types of cicadas in Illinois, the dog day or annual cicada and the periodical cicada. Annual cicadas make their emergence yearly during the heat of summer, but now is the time for the periodical cicadas to start making their emergence. Luckily, here in northern Illinois we will not have an emergence of the periodical cicada this year. In Southern Illinois, the periodical ci...

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EAB Adult

EAB confirmed in Jo Daviess county

The Illinois Department of Ag announced last week that Jo Daviess is the latest county to fall victim to the emerald ash borer, a destructive pest responsible for killing millions of ash trees in North America. As it is the northwestern-most county in the state, EAB officially has spanned across the northern third of Illinois. EAB also was recently found in Whiteside County and confirmed this J...

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Cicada killer adult-Photo courtesy of Phil Nixon

Cicada Killers: More Fright Than Bite

I've heard numerous tales in the past couple of weeks about a giant wasp digging holes in gardener's landscapes or other tales of a giant insect flying by carrying another insect. You'd think it was a scene of a horror movie the way they describe it. But don't despair, these sightings are simply the cicada killer. According to our state entomology specialist, Phil Nixon, cicada killer w...

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Be on the Lookout for Bees and Wasps

  It continues to be the time of year when bees and wasps are among the backyard creatures that are commonly encountered, says University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Candice Miller. "We have had several calls coming into the extension office about people asking what they should do." Due to the shortage of rain this year, it seems that bees and wasps are being es...

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