Pests

Emeral Ash Borer Meeting

March 15, 2011 0 Comments
Emeral Ash Borer Meeting

Last year Emerald Ash Borer was found in Iowa for the first time, in Allamakee County.  If you are wondering if it will arrive in your neighborhood, and if it does what do we do about it you have an opportunity to learn. There will be three informational meetings on Thursday, March 31, 2011.  The […]

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Boxelder Bugs

September 27, 2010 7 Comments
Boxelder Bugs

When I was growing up near Cosgrove, west of Iowa City, I would go to my neighbor’s house after school.  Mid Davin was an older lady who made noodles and cookies.  I would get her mail on my way past the box and come visit with Mid for the afternoon.  I remember watching a lot […]

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Asian Invasion

September 21, 2010 1 Comment
Asian Invasion

Ahhh.  Fall… when the tomato plants turn brown but still try to put out a couple of fruits, the heat and humidity drop (usually!), and the Asian Lady Beetles return to our consciousness. What we know as the Asian Beetle is the multicolored Asian lady beetle or Harmonia axyridis.  It isn’t clear where the Asian […]

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Magnolia Scale

August 12, 2010 2 Comments
Magnolia Scale

I would love to have a Magnolia tree in our yard, but we don’t have any place to put it on our slightly-less-than-a-quarter-acre-lot-that-already-has-seven-trees-on-it.  For those fortunate enough to have a Magnolia tree, you may be dealing with an unfortunate aspect of that ownership.  Magnolia scale.  The Magnolia scale is the largest scale insect in Iowa.  […]

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Japanese Beetles

July 15, 2010 3 Comments
Japanese Beetles

This… … is not welcome in my garden. This is the Japanese Beetle, not to be confused with the Asian Lady Beetle… Chances are if you haven’t seen the Japanese Beetle in your garden yet, it will be there soon.  They have been reported in 44 of Iowa’s counties since 1994.  If you are in a county […]

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Potato Bugs

July 8, 2010 0 Comments
Potato Bugs

Lynne sent me an email saying that she has a wonderful patch of potatoes but has some bugs on them.  She called them potato bugs and that brings up an image of the Colorado Potato Beetle. However, there is also an insect called the potato leafhopper. It is probably the beetle since the leafhopper relies […]

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Earwigs

July 5, 2010 3 Comments
Earwigs

KC left a comment on the slug bug post about earwigs and ants.  I’ll talk about the ants in another post, but KC is not the only one noticing all the earwigs around the garden. They are somewhat common but are really noticed after prolonged periods of wet weather.  We have certainly had that! Earwigs […]

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Slug Bug!

June 24, 2010 5 Comments
Slug Bug!

Well, okay.  It’s not a bug.  It is a mollusk.  Like a snail, without the mobile home on his back. With all the moisture we have been getting we don’t just have to worry about mushrooms.  Slugs are also a big problem.  They love it when it is cool and moist.  There are many species of slugs, […]

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Emerald Ash Borer Found in Iowa

May 14, 2010 1 Comment
Emerald Ash Borer Found in Iowa

Well.  It’s confirmed.  The Emerald Ash Borer is in Iowa.  It was found in Allamakee county along the Mississippi River two miles south of the Minnesota border on property owned and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  It doesn’t sound like much, but four larvae were found […]

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Begonias, Begosh and Begolly

March 3, 2010 0 Comments
Begonias, Begosh and Begolly

Sue sent me an email asking about her angel-leaf winged begonias.  She puts them out in the spring and brings them inside to overwinter and take cuttings.  They have become sticky.  The plants look great and are flowering but everything she has tried hasn’t worked.  I don’t know the exact things she tried, but there […]

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