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Bagworm

Bagworm Control

Bagworms are easily recognized by the bags they sew together from the needles or leaves of their host plant. When present in large numbers, they can defoliate and kill juniper, spruce, and arborvitae trees. They generally hatch in late May…

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Budworms

Budworms

Have your petunias, geraniums, or million bells stopped blooming? Inspect the buds. If there are holes, budworms are the likely cause. Budworms are small caterpillars that are generally green but can be red or brown depending on the color of…

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Grubs

Grub Control

Grubworms are the larval form of various beetles, the Masked Chaffer being the most damaging in Kansas. When the grubs are at their largest in late summer they can do considerable damage to lawns by eating the roots of the…

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butterfly on flower

Attracting Butterflies

When planning to attract butterflies to your garden, it is important to remember the following requirements: 1. Butterflies linger in sunny places! They are "cold blooded" and require warmth to be active. 2. Butterflies linger in places protected from the…

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Spider mites

Spider Mites

Spider mites are very small, so they can’t be seen with the naked eye, but they can cause a lot of damage. The first sign of their presence is pale, dirty-looking patches of foliage. The simplest way to confirm their…

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Aphids

Aphid Control

Aphids are small, soft insects with sucking mouthparts. They come in a variety of colors and can attack a wide variety of plants as well. They are generally found under leaves and on tender new stems, often in colonies. The…

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Mosquito

Mosquitos

Mosquitos are not just pests but can be quite dangerous since some species vector diseases such as West Nile Virus. While most are only nuisances, control is often desired so our landscapes and gardens can be fully enjoyed in the…

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Whiteflies

Whiteflies are tiny insects that feed on the undersides of the leaves of many plants including houseplants, tropicals, and even vegetables. Hibiscus are especially prone to whitefly. Whiteflies are a sucking insect that can damage the leaves by removing too…

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Euonymus Scale

Euonymus Scale

Euonymus scale is one of the most damaging scales in our area. It can cause defoliation and even the death of many varieties of Euonymus. These scales can also affect a groundcover called Pachysandra. Euonymus scales are small (1/8th inch)…

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Scale

Scale Incects

Scale Insects are a wide variety of insects that don't move as adults, have some kind of covering for their bodies, and feed on the sap of plants. There are two main categories of scales, soft and armored (or hard)…

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