A: I believe the moth is the adult form of the spiny oakworm, Anisota stigma. It is a very common moth and is found throughout the eastern part of the United States from lower parts of New England… Read More
Category: Pests & Disease
The Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus, is the most widely distributed and most economically important of the termite species. The Formosan subterranean termite (FST) acquired its name because it was first described in Taiwan in the early 1900s,… Read More
After opening one of the yellowing buds we discovered the hibiscus bud midge maggot, Contarinia maculipennis. The female midge deposits eggs on the tips of the newly forming buds and within 24 hours the maggot develops and starts… Read More
I believe the insect you brought in to the office is a Broad-neck root borer, possibly Prionus laticollis. The female is much larger than the male, growing to two inches or more. The structure you see at the… Read More
These creatures are actually terrestrial amphipods which belong to an order of crustacea. They look very similar to tiny shrimp therefore they were given the common name of lawn shrimp. Most amphipods live in salt and fresh water… Read More
Thanks for bringing in this interest insect. The insect is an adult Cuban cockroach, Panchlora nivea. It is interesting to note the immature (nymphs) Cuban cockroaches are brown in color and change to the pale green color after… Read More
At first glance, I thought this might have been some sort of jelly fungi but after further research and calling a fellow Extension agent, we discovered it to be blue – green algae called Nostoc commune. This alga… Read More
A: As youngsters, we have learned to love these furry little critters but now as landowners we have a very different perspective. I have a few hints which should help: 1. Removing dense, heavy vegetative cover, brush piles,… Read More
Q: I am having a terrible time with the squirrels eating the bark from my maple and oak trees. What can I do?
Eastern Gray Squirrels are the most frequently seen mammal in our area. They are members of the Rodent family, and spend most of their lives in trees. Eastern Gray Squirrels usually live to be about five years old…. Read More
Q: We would like to control the Canadian geese at our subdivision. Any ideas on how we might go about doing it?
A: The Canada goose has in some instances become an annoyance mostly because of the large amounts of fecal matter they produce which can pollute water sources. No one is eager to have that sort of mess around… Read More