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  • As weather warms, you might be bugged by lady bugs

    March 1, 2012 | Beth Clawson | Multi-colored Asian Lady beetles are good for gardens, but a nuisance around and in your home. But there are steps you can take to safely rid yourself of the pests.

  • Do you need a brush-up on pest management basics?

    February 10, 2012 | Amy Irish-Brown | MSU’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Academy is a quick, concentrated way to update your IPM skills. Join us on the MSU campus February 20-21.

  • Western conifer seed bug or brown marmorated stink bug?

    February 2, 2012 | Gretchen Voyle | Know your winter wanderers, because you could be mistaking the western conifer seed bug for an assassin bug, or worse, a brown marmorated stink bug.

  • Cutworms in the vegetable garden

    February 2, 2012 | Gretchen Voyle | Snipped transplants and seedlings are the clue that you’ve got cutworms. Consider these non-pesticide solutions to protect your garden from this pest.

  • Use firewood wisely and keep out unwanted pests

    January 24, 2012 | Robert Bricault | Leaving firewood stored indoors can introduce carpenter ants, powderpost beetles and other pests into your home.

  • Woodpeckers and the house: It’s your siding versus their chipped holes

    January 3, 2012 | Gretchen Voyle | Those who live in wood-sided houses should never scoff at woodpeckers. Scare-devices are your best option to rid your home of their drilling.

  • Carpenter bees: Another home-wrecker

    January 3, 2012 | Gretchen Voyle | Mysterious holes in exterior wood surfaces around the home may be the work of carpenter bees.

  • Bagworms becoming more common in Michigan?

    December 15, 2011 | Bob Bricault | Bagworms can be found on plants year-round, but often go unnoticed until plants are defoliated. Now is a great time of the year to inspect conifers for bagworms.

  • Five fall insect invaders

    November 2, 2011 | Gretchen Voyle | These six-legged overwintering zombies are a nuisance around homes, but there are a few things you can do send them elsewhere

  • Wooly worms and winter weather predictions

    October 17, 2011 | Gretchen Voyle | Those crazy caterpillars are talking weather again.

  • Late fall oak caterpillar causing nuisance

    October 10, 2011 | Russell Kidd | Got tiny caterpillars dangling down on threads and laying tiny, white, rice-like cocoons everywhere? Sounds like you have a bad case of oak skeletonizer!

  • Gypsy moth finding a niche in evergreens

    August 18, 2011 | Robert Bricault and Gretchen Voyle | Spruce trees provide haven for low populations of gypsy moth. Inspection of plants and sites where eggs could be laid is the key to preventing damage next year.

  • Aster leafhoppers in carrots

    March 14, 2011 | Zsofia Szendrei | Live barley near carrots when leafhoppers may be present increases the number of leafhoppers and their potential to spread aster yellows phytoplasma

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