Category Archives: Insects

Army Worms

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In the Fall of 2021, we saw an unprecedented outbreak of Army Worms.  The Northeast had not seen an outbreak for over 40 years.  Army Worms are not a pest usually seen in the Northeast.  We received confirmation from the entomologist from UMass Extension Turf Program, these were indeed Army worms.  The damage was seen [...]
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Emerald Ash Borer

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Emerald Ash Borer was first confirmed in Sudbury, MA in 2020. It looks like blonding from woodpeckers going after emerald ash borer larvae. Treatment, if caught early, can be treated by giving the affected tree extra water and fertilizer to help it recover from the damage, and with insecticides. Insecticide treatment should only be done [...]
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Spotted Lanternfly 

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The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) announced that a small stand of trees was found to be infested in Shrewsbury, MA (Worcester County) with the invasive spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula; SLF) earlier in January by MDAR surveyors. This is the second detection of a population of this insect in Massachusetts, following confirmation of SLF [...]
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Chinch Bugs

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Chinch bugs are dark in color and have wings. They are almost microscopic in size, similar to the size of a sesame seed. The best way to tell in they are affecting your property is to look closely for movement in the lawn at the leading edge of the damaged area. Chinch bug damage often [...]
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Cicada Killer Wasps

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These wasps, despite their intimidating appearance, are really quite docile. They can fly all around you and never attack. However, we wouldn’t suggest you sit on one or try to crush one with your hands because then they may sting. Especially the females because they are known to have stingers, but the males do not [...]
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Crane Flies

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Crane flies can best be identified as looking like large, oversized mosquitos. The species found most commonly in Massachusetts have two flights per year. The first adults usually appear in the beginning of May and the second in the first few weeks of September. Crane flies prefer wet conditions, so making sure your lawn does [...]
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