The KPRC Radio Gardenline Tip By Randy Lemmon For 08-21-03 Printer-Friendly Version
A Bountiful Book of Bugs! Are Any of These Pests Bugging You?
This week's GardenLine Email Tip is one of those handy compilations. I'm getting loads of phone calls and emails about four bug-related issues. All four of those issues have been addressed in previous email tips and in some cases permanent tips sheets back at our GardenLine Webpage.
< http://www.950kprc.com/gardenline.html >
However, some people simply don't know what the name of their insect problem might be, so they don't really know what they're looking for on the permanent tips sheets or through the archives.
So, I'm here to help with some of those descriptions of your particular problems. Then, you can just directly link to that issue and become educated as to what exactly that bug is, or whether it's even a problem that needs to be taken care of.
The first issue is BARK LICE. The question we are getting on the air this month, is "what's the thin webbing on my tree." If it's only on the trunk and some lower limbs, but not on any leaves, then it's BARK LICE. And here's the tip sheet that we produced to let you know that Bark Lice are beneficial insects that should be left alone.
< http://www.950kprc.com/gardenline-barklice.html >
The next very popular question at this time of the year concerns INSECT GALLS. Insect Galls come in many forms, but for the Houston area they seem to be round balls of wood on small limbs of oak trees. They are also often manifested in fuzzy tan balls on the underside of many leaves. And much like the previous tip, they are not necessarily harmful insects, and the following is a link to a weekly email tip we did on this topic last year.
< http://kprcradio.com/pages/listenernewsletter/GardenTalk_06-20-02.htm >
There is another fall-related insect that is causing some problems, but thankfully is not going to kill any of the trees it has infected. I'm talking about FALL WEBWORMS. The weekly email tip we produced last year talks about control methods, but more importantly it addresses how to prevent it in future years.
< http://kprcradio.com/pages/listenernewsletter/GardenTalk_09-05-02.htm >
The last most-often-asked-bug-question at this time of the year seems to focus on the ASSASSIN BUG. The Assassin Bug hangs out predominantly on landscape shrubs, and has been described as an elongated spider with and orange and black body. Another lady recently described it as an anorexic spider (I loved that description). They are beneficial in that they like to eat bad bugs like aphids, but our permanent tip sheet goes into better detail about this bug.
< http://kprcradio.com/pages/listenernewsletter/GardenTalk_07-25-02.htm >
Until next issue, here's to
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