July 26, 2013

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Southeast Iowa


On July 16, 2013, a new infestation of emerald ash borer (EAB) was confirmed in Burlington, Iowa.  Like many EAB infestations, this one was discovered by a homeowner worried about the declining condition of an ash tree.

Magic in the Garden


One of the more intriguing plants in the garden is Lycoris squamigera.  Common names include magic lily, resurrection lily, surprise lily, and naked lady.  Lycoris squamigera

Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Update - July 26, 2013


The following are highlights and updates about samples and questions recently received in the Plant & Insect Diagnostic Clinic

Brown Recluse Spider in Iowa


 A recent review of reports of brown recluse spider specimens in Iowa confirms what we have said for some time:  brown recluse spiders are rare in Iowa but MIGHT be found in the southern

Seeding and Overseeding Lawns


 Mid-August to mid-September is the best time to seed new lawns and overseed existing lawns in Iowa.  Late summer seeding has several advantages over spring seeding.  The seeds of co

Mosquito Numbers Continue to Decline


 Below is the summary of mosquito activity in Iowa from the ISU Medical Entomology Laboratory. Mosquito surveillance in Iowa has been ongoing since 1969.

Stilt Bugs in the Garden


I love watching insects in my garden.  I grow plants just to feed the bugs and I have a new favorite plant this year!  I had no idea what the plant was, but my colleague Richard Jauron is