Category Archives: Insects

Japanese Beetles Have Started To Emerge

                 Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica) adults are starting to take flight in southern Ontario!

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The Monday Report – June 29th

One of the most filthiest scale insect pests known to horticulturalists, the Euonymus scale (Unaspis euonymi) is a tiny little armored scale that covets evergreen Euonymus fortunei in the garden or landscape.  Adult females have a dark cover that is wider at the posterior end, sea-shell in appearance with white margins. The smaller males have […]

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Late Spring IPM for Landscape and Nursery

Foliar diseases such as Anthracnose can be seen on deciduous trees in the landscape, especially on maple, ash and oak.  The fungus infects leaf tissue as it is emerging, especially during cool, wet springs.  Fungal infection causes some distortion and … Continue reading

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Boxwood Leafminer Adults Are Flying Where Black Locusts are in Flower Bud!

Boxwoods in the landscape not looking so good?  Are you seeing a lot of yellow-brown spots on leaves?

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NOW IS THE TIME to Treat for Box Tree Moth Larvae in Toronto

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BANNER Year For Gypsy Moth Larvae!

First instar Gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) larvae have hatched and are dispersing! Larvae produce silken threads and take a ride in the wind in hopes of landing on other delicious botanical hosts.

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The Monday Report: May 25, 2020

We can still see the remains of low temperature injury from a couple of weeks ago.  Not to worry, the next set of leaves will cover up the desiccated leaves and stems.

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Scout Evergreens Early to Combat Insects & Mites This Week

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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Be Prepared: Horticultural Oil App’s Coming Soon!

Dormant oils should not be applied if the temperature is below 4C or if the temperature will approach freezing soon after application of the dormant oil spray.  The freezing temperatures can mess with the emulsion of the oil mixture and cause uneven application. Continue reading

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Fall Pest Management on Beech and Pear

  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 produced to protect their eggs in late summer. 

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