University of Illinois Extension

Archives for August 2015

August 27, 2015

Host Richard Hentschel discussed Magnolia Scale, an insect that has soared in numbers this season, causing concern and clean up problems for homeowners that have a Magnolia in the landscape. Richard talks about the typical life cycle of scales and potential control options if needed.

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August 20, 2015

Host Richard Hentschel discusses 2 insects that will continue to be with us the rest of the summer. Japanese beetles while their numbers are down for the last two years are still around. There are approved pesticides that can be used , just be sure they are labeled for the plants to be sprayed. The second insect is the Squash bug. Squash bugs have nymph stages of growth so all the young feed the same way as the adult and can do a lot of damage by sucking plant juices from leaves and fruit. Trapping them under flat boards or a shingle is a simple way to control them.

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August 6, 2015

Host Richard Hentschel talks about 2 insects that homeowners know quite well. Grubs in the lawn and the Emerald Ash Borer. August is the time grubs begin to show up feeding on the grass roots and depending on the number of grubs present, a control management practice may need to be done. The other insect is the Emerald Ash Borer, but now it has chosen another host to feed on when no ash trees are available.

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