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Rose chafer beetles at work. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/50352333@N06/4647992672/">Jason Sturner</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Rose chafer beetles at work. Photo: Jason Sturner, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

First the blooms, then the bugs

Aren't the peonies lovely? And the first roses to bloom so pretty and fragrant? Along with the iris and the first day lilies, they give gardeners an early-summer shot of color and satisfaction after lots of hard work.

They also attract the first big wave of pests, including some of the most frustrating and difficult to deal with: rose chafers, flea beetles, and potato beetles. Brace yourself, as she so often does, cooperative extension's Amy Ivy says hand picking is the best remedy for the rose chafers and potato bugs.

No pesticides for rose chafers, because they attack the flower's blooms, and to dose the bloom would kill the bees and other valuable pollinators. And potato beetles? It's just more efficient to squish the eggs before they hatch on the underside of the leaves.  Go to full article
Japeanese beetles making lace of a leaf. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/63879521@N00/4751305764">J. Michael Raby</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Japeanese beetles making lace of a leaf. Photo: J. Michael Raby, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Midsummer can bring on bug blues in the garden

We're turning the page from July to August this week. After variable weather conditions, including see-sawing temperatures and variable rainfall, a gardener might think he or she is in the homestretch. Here's hoping! But there's still time for troubles with damaging bugs to move in.

Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy tells Martha Foley she's battling Japanese beetles, which seem to be more and more common in the region.

That, in their weekly conversation, along with some tips on when to harvest onions.  Go to full article
Sea lamprey larvae that washed up on shore. The longer they are, the older they are. Inset: mouth of adult lamprey, courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service. Photo: Sarah Harris
Sea lamprey larvae that washed up on shore. The longer they are, the older they are. Inset: mouth of adult lamprey, courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service. Photo: Sarah Harris

Combating sea lamprey on Lake Champlain

If you're fishing for salmon or lake trout in Lake Champlain, you might end up with a fish you didn't bargain for. Sea lamprey are parasitic fish that look like eels. They latch on to larger fish and slowly drain out their body fluids.

Lamprey can decimate entire fish populations, so every four years the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with help from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and New York's DEC, treats Lake Champlain tributaries with pesticides to control lamprey populations. This year's first treatment took place last week in the Saranac River delta in Plattsburgh.  Go to full article
Indian Meal Moth. (Source: Wikipedia)
Indian Meal Moth. (Source: Wikipedia)

Moths and beetles in your pantry?

There are bugs, and then there are worse bugs. Cornell Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy talks with Martha Foley about insects you don't want to share your home with. Meal moths and grain beetles breed in lots of places, in and out of the pantry, in cereal boxes, four sacks, and cookie packages. What to look for, and what to do, in today's conversation.  Go to full article

Mosquitoes in the fall?

You might be enjoying the warm days this September - but experts say those high temperatures are also attracting some unwanted guests. Mosquitoes are usually gone for the year by now - but just walk outside at dusk, and you'll know they're still with us. Tim Mihuc is coordinator of the Lake Champlain Research Institute at Plattsburgh State. He with Julie Grant about how many mosquitoes might be out there, and why they're still bugging us.  Go to full article

A hands-on approach to bug control in the garden

Sunny skies, warm temperatures, and plenty of rain. Perfect for the flowers and vegetables. Also great weather for bugs of all kinds, good and bad. Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy takes direct action when she fights the "bad" insects in her garden. She tells Martha Foley in their weekly chat that her first strategy against pests like rose chafers, Japanese beetles and Colorado potato beetles is hands-to-bug combat. She's armed with a keen eye, can of soapy water, and maybe rubber gloves.  Go to full article

More garden basics: What?s bugging you?

Garden pests are a fact of life. But there are ways to keep them under control. Horticulturist Amy Ivy has some tips. She spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

Fighting pests in the growing garden

Martha Foley and Amy Ivy try to keep up with the growing garden. Amy helps us keep pace with the bugs and other pests.  Go to full article

Indoor winter plant chores

Horticulturist Amy Ivy has advice for protecting indoor plants from bad bugs during the winter months.  Go to full article

Controlling Pests in the Garden

Insect control is one of the biggest problems that all gardeners have to deal with. Horticulturist Amy Ivy has tips on how to protect the garden from pests.  Go to full article

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