June 6, 2007

Earwigs in the Landscape

Earwigs are outdoor insects that hide during the day in damp areas such as under mulch, dead leaves, logs, and piles of firewood, boards, stones and other debris or in rotted wood. They are active at night and wander in search of food and moisture. Earwigs feed on a wide variety of materials including decaying organic matter, other insects, and plants such as vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants.

Minor leaf spots and blights of turfgrasses

Two common lawn diseases came into the clinic recently, probably fostered by the cool, wet weather of late in Iowa. Though they are not usually a serious problem, they can be unsightly.