No. 18/October 22, 2012

Last Issue for 2012
This is the last issue of the Home, Yard, and Garden Pest Newsletter for 2012. There is an index to this year's articles and topics in this issue. We plan on publishing the first issue of 2013 in mid-April.

Neonicotinoid Concerns
Recent research studies have shown a connection between several neonicotinoid insecticides and bees. These highly systemic insecticides have been increasingly shown to translocate into the flower pollen of various plants where they are picked up by pollinating insects including honey bees and bumble bees.

New Uninvited Fall House Guests: Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs
Like many invasive species, the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) has a long list of host plants, including many woody ornamental trees as well as several agricultural crops including fruit trees, grapes, tomatoes, corn, soybeans and others. Also, like many other invasive insects, it is easily moved from location to location by humans (hitchhiking on vehicles, movement of shipping materials, and movement of plants).

Surveying for Illinois Invasive Species with the CAPS Program
While a central geographic location and a superior transportation system afford Illinois a competitive advantage over many other states in commodity movement, these same factors make Illinois extremely vulnerable to accidentally or purposely introduced exotic pests.

A Review of the 2012 Season at the University of Illinois Plant Clinic
The University of Illinois is now open year-round, but we are starting to reflect upon the 2012 growing season. Our Plant Clinic sample load has nearly tripled in the last several years.

Index 2012
An index of articles sorted by topic is provided.