BUGS & BLIGHTS NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE
Introducing the online archive for “Bugs & Blights” newsletters: Timely pests and diseases of nurseries, yards and landscapes in Snohomish County, written by Extension Educator, Sharon J. Collman (Retired).
Description: Unexpected freeze and related symptoms – Lack of leaf drop, later leafing, thinner foliage, root and branch die-back, shriveled and damaged leaves, blossom delay, split bark.
Organizing Bugs & Blights info at home, and identifying varieties of stink bugs (brown marmorated vs. local).
Description: “Honoring Innovation and Enduring Contributions within the Green Industry” – Recipient/Extension Educator: Sharon J. Collman
Description: Exploring different types of pine tree damage, whether disease, insect or stress.
Description: Pesticide Licensing, IPM classes, tent caterpillars, diagnostic books, yellowing lawns, and spruce aphids.
Description: Winter insects and related issues – Tent caterpillars, crane flies, yellowing lawns, and spruce aphids.
Description: Insects of late winter/early spring – Weevils, pollinators and springtails.
Description: Effects of winter temperature fluctuations on insects and pests – tent caterpillars, slugs, snails, hemlock wooly adelgid, fleas, and flies.
Description: Stormwater pollution, hellebore leaf spot, bergenia leaf spot, and a brief introduction of WSU Extension Agent Don Tapio and his gardening advice newspaper column/book.
Description: The landscape professional’s role in attracting pollinators.
Description: Basic insect groups and how to identify them – Spiders, termites, stink bugs, and beetles.
Description: Target the pest, protect the rest! – European crane fly and European chafer.
Description: The initial edition of the online “Bugs and Blights” newsletter, with information/links on season appropriate content – Tent caterpillars, apple ermine moth, cherry brown rot, blossom blight, fruit rot and their hosts.
Description: Why fruit trees fail to bear fruit – Lack of pollination, spotted wing drosophila, apple anthracnose, tent caterpillars covered. Brown rot of stone fruits and WSU Snohomish County Extension website for pest and garden resources.
Description: Spring and wet weather issues – Cherry laurel shot-hole, yellowing lawns, lecanium scales, and rust on roses.
Description: Resources for science backed Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and pesticide information for the home gardener as well as professionals. Includes brief descriptions of each resource.
Description: Target the pest, protect the rest! – Red lily leaf beetle, tent caterpillars, freeze damage, pesticide cautions, blueberry bud stages.
Description: Currant sawflies, lily leaf beetles, coral spot, European chafer, rust on roses, and sequoia pitch moth.
Description: Fruit related issues: Green apple aphids, rosy apple aphid, lecanium scale, spotted wing drosophila, apple leaf curling midge, black cherry aphids, beneficial insects, and apple scab.
Description: Brown rot on flowering plum, quince, almond, cherry and apple. Three types of spring tent caterpillars – silver-spotted tiger moth, western tent caterpillars, and apple ermine moth. Brief description of WSU website Hortsense. Brief biography of emeritus faculty (as of July 2017) Sharon Collman.
Description: Beneficial insects: millipedes, banded alder borer, bumblebee, soldier beetle, daddy long-legs, parasitic wasps, true bugs, and fireless firefly.
Description: Lily leaf beetles, tent caterpillars, viburnum leaf beetle, cutworms, natural pesticides & Insect, Weed and Plant Disease Handbook (publications).
Description: Sawflies, new and native species – Dogwood sawfly, azalea sawfly, pear or cherry slug, willow sawflies, and currantworm.
Description: Pear and cherry slugs, lorquin’s admiral, azalea sawfly, ASyrphid fly. (All references in this article to hortsense should be redirected to the updated site: hortsense.wsu.edu)
Description: Mountain ash sawfly and management options, including pruning, manual removal and pesticides. Black vine weevil.
Description: Azalea sawfly, hemlock wooly adelgid, lacewing, stinkbugs, and white rust.
Description: Lace bugs, azalea lace bug.
Description: Heuchera rust, potato flea beetles, sawfly stages (focusing on currant sawfly), and related damage.
Description: Mountain ash sawfly, white rust on Lunaria (common name: money plant), narcissus bulb fly, lacewing larvae, and slugs.
Description: Flea beetle and leaf beetle larvae, otherwise known as rose slugs (rose slug, bristly rose slug, curled rose slug, leaf beetle instars), pear-leaf roll midge and related damage.
Description: Target the pest, protect the rest! – Pesticide storage, squirrel damage, cottony camellia scale, and lady beetle/ladybug larvae.
Description: Sirococcus shoot blight, apple leaf curl midge, green alder sawfly, woods weevil complex, and WSDA Pesticide License study materials (publications).
Description: Fruit drop, lack of pollination, cold temperatures and information about the Pacific Northwest Insect Management Handbook.
Description: Red lily leaf beetle, fall webworm, columbine sawfly, pesticide usage/label laws and Bugs & Blights blog.
Description: Target the pest, protect the rest! – Bees vs. Wasps and pesticides.
Description: Graft incompatibility, columbine sawfly, sapsucker (woodpecker) damage to trees, and information on the Snohomish County WSU Extension program Growing Groceries, which teaches gardening methods to those wanting to start community, food bank or family gardens.
Description: Drought stress symptoms in plants, and amending soil for better water absorption.
Description: Pests of Apple Fruit: Apple scab, bull’s eye rot, russetting, apple maggot, San Jose scale, coddling moth, rosy apple aphid, bitter rot, apple anthracnose, pandemis leaf roller, leaf rollers & cutworms, bird injury and fruit drop. Learn the differences between and symptoms of these apple problems.
Description: The symbiotic relationship between yellow-jacket nests and carpet beetles. Information on yellow-jackets, bald-faced hornets, paper wasps, mud daubers, differences in nests and bed bugs.
Description: Household nuisance insects: fruit flies, slugs. Late blight,
Description: A primer on slugs and snails: Learn basics on their biology and behavior, where to find them and information on bait.
Description: Expanding on the purpose of Bugs & Blights: information resulting in correct diagnosis leading to resources that provide safe and effective monitoring and management options, potentially reducing unnecessary pesticide applications and decreasing the resulting damage to our waters, pollinators, and environment. Pest management resources: Gardening in Washington website, PestSightings, PNW Insect Management Handbook, and PNW Plant Disease Management Handbook.
Description: Stink bugs: Wanted and unwanted. Western conifer seed bugs.
Description: Stink bugs: brown marmorated and native species. Boxelder bugs, grass weevils, and banded wooly bear caterpillars.
Description: Preventing and reducing Spring appearing plant disease in Fall. Mushrooms and conks, disease leaves and flowers, and the effect of fallen fruit, twigs, branches and trunks on plant disease as well as control methods.
Description: Common landscape insects: European chafer, Japanese beetle, brown marmorated stink bug, and western conifer seed bug.
Description: Winter pests in the orchard: tent caterpillars, aphids, lecanium scale, oystershell scales, and San Jose scale.