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Late instar orangestripped oakworm larva on a sidewalk with frass. Photo: SD Frank

Orangestripped Oakworms Hatching

Orange striped oakworms started hatching in Raleigh this week. They have one generation per year. Adults emerge in mid …

Oak spider mite damage on pin oak leaves. Photo: SD Frank

Summer Brings Spider Mites

Most tree species are fed upon by spider mites and many even have their own species. These include maple …

A swimming pool behind a house

Unwanted Pool Guests

Honey Bees – When summer weather turns hot and dry, honey bees (and other insects) will frequently seek out any …

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 …

Rose sawfly on a rose leaf. Photo: SD Frank

Sawflies on Roses

For the past several weeks I have noticed damage to the leaves of my roses. Each year this happens and …

Oak lace bugs in multiple stages with fecal spots. Photo: SD Frank

Lace Bugs on Landscape Plants

This week I have seen a couple species of lace bugs active on landscape plants. Yes, there are over …

Aphids on an iris flower. Photo: SD Frank

Aphids on Landscape Plants

This time of year aphids start popping up on almost everything. Some aphids are specialized to feed on one or …

Oak erriococcid scales on willow oak. Photo: SD FRank

Oak Felt Scales

Oak eriococcin scales, Eriococcus quercus, are one of the earliest scale insects to produce eggs, and thus crawlers, in …

Ground bee covered with pollen resting on a leaf. Photo: SD Frank

Protect Ground Nesting Bees

Ground bees are active throughout central NC. Ground bees prefer areas with bare ground or thin grass so they …

Kudzu Bugs on fascia board of house

Cool Weather - Uncool Pests

Colder temperatures are often accompanied by a surge in what we call “occasional invaders” and that “occasion” is now. We …

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Western Flower Thrips

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Managing the Twolined Spittlebug in the Home Landscape

This Entomology Insect Note describes the biology and control of the twolined spittlebug, an insect …

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Twospotted Spider Mites on Landscape Plants

This Entomology Insect Note describes the biology and control of twospotted spider mites on ornamental …

Twobanded Japanese weevil

Twobanded Japanese Weevil

This Entomology Insect Note describes the biology and control of the twobanded Japanese weevil, an …

Figure 1. White patches of male tea scales.

Tea Scale

This Entomology Insect Note describes the biology and control of tea scale, an insect pest …

Bed Preparation and Fertilization Recommendations for Bedding Plants in the Landscape

For healthy, aesthetic plants, the soil must serve as a reservoir for water, oxygen, and …

Image is line drawing of plants parts of raspberry.

Raspberries in the Home Garden

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