Category Archives: Insects

Boxwood Leafminer Adults Starting to Fly

Boxwoods in the landscape not looking so good coming out of the winter?  Are you seeing a lot of yellow leaves? Can you see any yellow-green-brown spots? Advertisements

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It’s June 1st Already!

 We’ve just entered one of the busiest times of year for IPM managers of outdoor ornamentals. Plants are lush and pests and diseases are hungry. Are you seeing discoloured, pimple-like spots on the foliage of pear trees?

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Leps are languishing…. time for biocontrol

                Seeing holes in leaves on deciduous trees?  This sugar maple was showing interveinal holes and closer inspection revealed fall cankerworm (Alsophila pometaria) larvae on the leaf undersides.  Larvae are pale green (although you’ll often … Continue reading

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Fall Cankerworm & Gypsy Moth Populations Looking Moderate-High in Some Areas

                Seeing holes in leaves on deciduous trees?  This sugar maple was showing interveinal holes and closer inspection revealed fall cankerworm (Alsophila pometaria) larvae on the leaf undersides.  Larvae are pale green (although you’ll often … Continue reading

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Insect Pests on Evergreens Right Now

Look for small, white, woolly tufts or masses on the twigs of hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) (Photos: Julie Holmes, CFIA). It is still a good time to scout for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (Adelges tsugae) because of the visibility of the white … Continue reading

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Dormant Oil For IPM

 We’ve got milder temperatures starting today and yes, it’s still a good time to get some late dormant oil applications on in many areas of southern Ontario (Photo: overwintering nymphs of magnolia scale). As long as there is no sensitive vegetative or flower tissue emerging, you can still make dormant rate, horticultural oil applications for […]

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Now is the Time to Manage Beech Scale

  Introduced Beech scale (Cryptococcus fagisugae) is easier to see this time of year on our native American beech (Fagus grandifolia).  That’s because of the white waxy coverings the females produce to protect their eggs.  Look for

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