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Keep the Repellent Handy

Although hurricane Dorian has come and gone for most of us, its rainfall has likely left standing water in …

Cicada killer wasp on foliage

Cicada Killer Wasps

Cicada killer wasps are starting to emerge. This picture was taken on Friday in a landscaped area outside the …

Hundreds of midges resting on the window of a home

Non-Biting Midges Emerging

Chironomid midges (“fuzzy bills”) are emerging in large numbers from ponds, lakes as well as the rivers feeding into …

False oleander scale on Magnolia grandiflora. Photo: SD Frank

Time to Monitor False Oleander Scales

False oleander scale, Pseudaulacaspis cockerelli, is a tropical and subtropical pest originally from China. It is common throughout many …

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, …

Imported willow leaf beetles and feeding damage on willow. Photo: SD Frank

Imported Willow Leaf Beetles

You can find a lot of damage on willows this time of year because imported willow leaf beetles have …

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 …

Fall webworm nest. Photo: SD Frank

Fall Webworms

Fall webworms, one of our native insect pests, are a perennial nuisance and in some cases a destructive pest. …

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Illustration of a red raspberry trellis

Raspberries in the Home Garden

Raspberries are delicious and nutritious addition to the home garden. However, raspberries can be difficult …

Mapleworm egg cluster

Greenstriped Mapleworm

This Insect Note describes the biology and management of greenstriped mapleworm, a caterpillar pest of …

Figure 3. Greenhouse whitefly nymph.

Greenhouse Whitefly

This Entomology Insect Note describes the biology and control of the greenhouse whitefly, an insect …

Specialty Crops in North Carolina: Acreage and Distribution

With the increasing diversity of North Carolina agriculture, it is important to document and assess …

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Selection and Use of Stress-Tolerant Bedding Plants for the Landscape

Each of us are subjected to stresses and pressures every day in our home, work, …

Pruning Field Grown Shade and Flowering Trees

Every nurseryman should know how to prune trees and the reason for the various pruning …

Figure 1. Flowering pot

Plant Propagation by Stem Cuttings

Propagation by stem cuttings is the most commonly used method to propagate many woody ornamental …

Figure 1. Simple layering

Plant Propagation by Layering

Stems that are still attached to their parent plant may form roots where they come …