September - Great Time to Teach Pest Scouting
September finally provides us with some temperatures where you want to be outside involved in hands on activities.
So why not go pest scouting?
Below are some likely pest your can find, collect and bring back into the classroom for identification.
Azalea caterpillar Scout and remove caterpillars or treat if needed
Two spotted spider mite Treat with miticide as needed
Citrus whitefly Scout and treat as needed
Two-lined spittlebugs Scout and treat if needed
Crape myrtle aphid Treat with insecticide as needed
Bagworms Remove bags or treat with insecticide if worms are actively feeding
Cottony maple scale Treat with insecticide as needed
Orange striped oak worm Scout and treat if needed
Green striped mapleworm - Scout and treat if needed
Chinch Bugs in St. Augustine and other turf Scout and treat with insecticide if necessary
Fire Ants Treat with insecticide - particularly baits
Cicada killer wasp Control not usually needed
Fall Armyworms Scout and treat if necessary
A worthy extension publication will also offer help in how to manage landscape pests. -