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Wasps at Porch Lights

In recent weeks we’ve been getting a lot of messages regarding large wasps coming to porch lights. In all …

Oak lecanium scales and eggs on willow oak. Photo: SD Frank

Lecanium Scales Full of Eggs

Oak lecanium scale and European fruit lecanium are nearly identical soft scales that infest oaks and many other tree …

Larvae of the larger elm leaf beetle. Photo: Gerald J. Lenhard, Louiana State Univ, Bugwood.org

Larger Elm Leaf Beetle

Elms have lots of pests. This week I have had several reports of larger elm leaf beetles, Monocesta coryli, …

Sawfly larvae, probably Caliroa quercuscoccineae, on a red oak and the window pane damage they cause. Photo: SD Frank

Sawflies Feeding on Oaks

Oaks have hundreds of herbivores so it is no wonder that towards the end of summer some of the …

Beech blight aphids (Grylloprociphilus imbricator) on a beech twig. Photo:SD Frank

Beech Blight Aphids

You might notice twigs on beech trees covered in a woolly sleeve. Get closer and it will begin to …

Oak lace bug adults, nymphs, and eggs on the underside of an oak leaf. Photo: SD Frank

Oak Lace Bug Damage

Oak lace bugs (Corythucha arcuata), like other lace bugs, cause stippling on leaves. Oak lace bugs, of course, feed …

Tulip tree scales and white fluffy lady beetle larvae on a tulip poplar twig. Photo:SD Frank

Natural Enemies in Disguise

Tulip tree scales and other soft scales are maturing and producing a lot of honeydew. This makes people notice …

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Managing Longleaf Pine Straw

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White oak leaves are clustered along the end of a twig. Dead, brown spots are on the leaves due to anthracnose infection. Some leaves are curled due to these lesions.

Anthracnose diseases of trees

This fact sheets details the identification and management of a common group of fungal diseases, …

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Common Ragweed: A Problem Weed in NC Fraser Fir Production

This factsheet provides information about control strategies for dealing with common ragweed, particularly for Fraser …

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