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Browntail Moth Update from Maine Forest Service

The Maine Forest Service (MFS) FHM reports that caterpillars have begun to pupate at all monitoring sites from north of Belfast south to Portland and west to Turner. As a reminder the silky cocoons surrounding the pupae contain the last cast skin of the caterpillar and are full of toxic hairs.  Many people become exposed […]

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Browntail Moth Caterpillar Update

Tom Schmeelk, Maine Forest Service (MFS) FHM entomologist, reports that many browntail moth webs at his field sites in Lincoln and Cumberland county do not have evidence of caterpillar emergence although there are some that are active.  He also reports caterpillars have developed to the 4th instar from Turner and Harpswell south to Portland.  Caterpillars […]

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Emerald Ash Borer Now Confirmed in Maine!

The very destructive Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis), or EAB for short, is an invasive, metallic green beetle native to Asia which until May of this year (2018) had not been found in Maine.  It was confirmed in Madawaska on May 22nd by a joint DACF – U.S. Forest Service (USFS) team (find the story here).  […]

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Moths in Snow, let the Maine Forest Service Know!

The Maine Forest Service is encouraging the public to report winter moth sightings again this December through an online survey: http://www.maine.gov/dacf/wintermothsurvey. You can find out more, and view their news release, at https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEDACF/bulletins/1c7c218

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It’s Fruit Fly Season (each Fall)

Jim Dill, a pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Bangor Daily News about fruit flies and what to do when they invade your kitchen. Fruit flies, also known as vinegar flies, are attracted to overripe fruits as well as yeast and cider-laden products, Dill said. At this time […]

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Eliminate Browntail Caterpillars Now! (February)

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, is informing people that February is an ideal time to be looking for webbed-together leaves (housing overwintering browntail moth caterpillars) at the tips of apple, crab apple, plum and oak tree branches.  If you find any of them, clip them out and submerge them in a bucket […]

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Springtails Springing Into Action

Check out our page about Springtails / Snowfleas to learn about these extremely small but fascinating and peculiar little red-colored critters (and some of their relatives) that people across the state have been noticing lately.

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What Home Gardeners Need to Know about Spotted Wing Drosophila

Click on photos to enlarge. Spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) is a new insect pest that can infest berries and other soft fruit that ripen from mid-summer through fall, including day-neutral (everbearing) strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. This is a small fruit fly, similar to the type that hovers around the over-ripe bananas in your kitchen. […]

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Garland, Dill Talk about Pest Management on WVII

University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s pest management specialist James Dill and horticulturist Kate Garland spoke with WVII (Channel 7) for the latest installment of its “Backyard Gardener” series. Garland and Dill gave tips on management of beetles.

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Press Herald Interviews Handley, Kirby on Garden Insects

The Portland Press Herald spoke with David Handley, a vegetable and small-fruit specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Monmouth, and Clay Kirby, an insect diagnostician with the UMaine Cooperative Extension in Orono, about bugs in the garden. The pair spoke about this season’s likely pests.

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