No. 1/April 18, 2011

First Issue for 2011
This is the first issue of the Home, Yard, and Garden Pest Newsletter for 2011. We plan on having 18 issues through the growing season.

Pest Watch
There are numerous insect and mite pests that are active and controllable at this time.

Spruce Spidermite
Spruce spidermite and its relatives, pine mite, arborvitae mite, and juniper mite, actively feed during early spring and early fall. They spend the summer as eggs on the host. Most miticides are effective primarily against active, feeding stages, providing little control of eggs.

Japanese Beetle Control
Adult Japanese beetles feed on the upper leaves of crabapple, linden, serviceberry, flowering cherry, birch, willow, rose, and many other trees and shrubs from late June through mid-August. They can defoliate or window-feed at least the upper third of the tree.

Change at the University of Illinois Plant Clinic
The University of Illinois Plant Clinic will open its doors for the 2011 season on Monday, May 2nd. New staff members include Suzanne Bissonnette and Stephanie Porter.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Found in Illinois
The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) has been making headlines in Illinois the past couple of weeks. After the first confirmation of this invasive insect was reported in the fall of 2010 (Cook County), additional reports have continued to in 2011.