January 9, 2008

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the 2008 edition of the ISU Horticulture and Home Pest Newsletter, our 22nd year of publication! As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions. This year we will publish 21 issues, one every other week from February through September, and then once a month from October through December. The next issue will be published Wednesday, February 6, 2008.

Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Update - January 9, 2008

Kitchen Insect Pests

Insect pests can occur in the kitchen anytime of the year, including winter. Recent samples have included:

The cigarette beetle, one of the more common stored product pests.

Starting Seedlings Indoors

For many home gardeners, it's fun to get a head start on the upcoming garden season by starting seedlings indoors. Growing quality seedlings indoors requires high quality seeds, a germination medium/potting mix, containers, proper temperature and moisture conditions, and adequate light.

Firewood Insects

Firewood can sometimes bring unexpected pests into our homes. Luckily, most of them pose no danger to us, our homes, or our belongings.