No. 17/September 28, 2009

Last Biweekly Issue
This is the last biweekly issue of the Home, Yard, and Garden Pest Newsletter for 2009.

Scouting Watch
Magnolia scale, white grubs, and Japanese Beetles are the subject.

Soybean Aphid
Large numbers of "gnats" in the air in northern and central Illinois are soybean aphids, Aphis glycines.

Mole Crickets
Mole crickets are occasionally reported as being associated with turf damage in Illinois.

Dogwood Sawfly
Dogwood sawfly feeds on the leaves of gray dogwood and other dogwood species from mid-summer to early fall.

Hosta Problems
Hostas are popular shade plants, easy to grow, and relatively disease free. Here are some problems you may see on your hostas and tips on what to do about it now.

Spruce Canker
The most common disease problem we see on spruce in Illinois is caused by a stress pathogen.

Clean up Tree Cankers Now
Now is the time to prune out dead wood and cankers from trees and shrubs.