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New Integrated Pest Management Resource for Tree Producers

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Southern Nursery IPM Working Group
IPM for Select Deciduous Trees in Southeastern US Nursery Production is a book/multimedia compilation of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) information for the major tree genera in nursery crop production in the Southeast.

Fall Armyworms in Turf

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Will Hudson, Cheri Abraham and Kris Braman, UGA Entomologists
August 18, 2011
In late summer, almost every year, caterpillars invade turfgrass throughout Georgia. The damage to established turf is mostly aesthetic, but newly sodded or sprigged areas can be more severely damaged or even killed.

Ambrosia Beetles; An Early Season Tree & Shrub Threat

Original Source: 
Will Hudson, UGA Extension Entomologist
May 9, 2011
Asian or granulate ambrosia beetles are tiny (<1/8") wood-boring insects that attack the trunks of young and weakened trees and shrubs. Ambrosia beetles tunnel into stems and construct galleries where they raise their young. Beetles carry on their bodies a fungus that grows in these galleries producing ambrosia which feeds both adults and larvae.

UGA Entomologists share insects to watch for in May!

Original Source: 
Kris Braman, UGA Entomologist
Original Source: 
Will Hudson, UGA Entomologist

Azalea lace bug adults are 1/8 inch long. The transparent wings are held flat on the back. Wings are lacy with two grayish-brown cross-bands connected in the middle. Nymphs are mostly black and spiny. The flask-shaped eggs are partially embedded in leaf tissue and are often covered with a black tar-like secretion. There are four generations a year. Lace bug adults and nymphs live and feed on the underside of leaves.

Look for the first signs of damage on plants in full sun or in protected areas from March through the summer. Look for white stippling on older leaves. Turn stippled leaves over to find lace bugs and black fecal spots. Examine lace bug eggs with a hand lens for signs of parasitism (a round hole in the top of the egg) and look for predators.

Aug/Sept Insect Management Calendar

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Information supplied by Kris Braman & Will Hudson, UGA Entomology Department
Become familiar with these pests that you may see during August and September. Notify homeowners when you find damaging levels of insects or mites.
Click on the insect names to find resources that help identify & manage these pests. Notesafter the insect’s name explain what you should do for each insect.
This publication offers help to manage landscape pests.

Summer Vegetable Garden Care

As the days get hotter and drier, keep a watchful eye on your vegetable garden. Careful attention to a few details will help your garden produce a bountiful harvest all summer.

Water Management

Focus your attention on water management first. Most gardens need at least 1 inch of water per week. If it doesn't rain, apply a half-inch of water twice a week.

Diagnosing Problems of St. Augustinegrass

St. Augustinegrass is becoming increasingly popular in Georgia landscapes. This turf is susceptible to several insect and disease problems that occur in Georgia. Treatments for each situation are often very different so correct diagnosis is important before choosing a treatment option.

Drought Damages Stately Trees

The trees that line our city streets and properties have endured decades of stress from:

- heat and cold,
- root-crimping sidewalks,
- smog,
- insects and disease.

Butterfly Gardens

There are many species of butterflies but one thing about all of them is true; they are all lovely. Most folks despise most insects but few people do not welcome these insects into their gardens. Many gardeners actually plant flowers and flowering trees and shrubs to attract these summer time friends.

Brown Bats

Bats are very beneficial creatures that feed on a wide variety of insects, including mosquitoes. Nonetheless, we as homeowners do not want them to establish residence in our attics or the walls of our homes.