When your post turns to powder it is not a good thing. And more posts turn to powder than you might think, and more lumber and wood products turn to powder than you might realize, thanks to a small group of small insects called the powderpost beetles.
The frustration of insects devouring dried flowers and the annoyance of moths flying around the house can occur for the customer with a single arrangement, the hobbyist, or large grower or commercial operator. Insects may infest completed decorations and arrangements or the work materials in storage.
Emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that attacks and kills ash trees, has been confirmed in Adair and Adams counties in Iowa.
This summer, Japanese beetles have made their presence known in many parts of Iowa, emerging in mid-June to eat the foliage, fruits and flowers of many different types of plants. It's common to find a horde of a dozen or more beetles at a time. That’s concerning, but how can foliage be protected?
Tiger beetles are predators in adult and larval stages, eating other beetles, flies, caterpillars, ants, grasshoppers, spiders and additional invertebrates. Adults are active hunters, while larvae feed on any unsuspecting insect passing nearby. Tiger beetles are fed upon by spiders, robber flies, dragonflies, toads, lizards, moles, ground squirrels, shorebirds, waterfowl and songbirds, to name a few
The white grubs that routinely damage lawns in Iowa are called annual white grubs. These root-eating, underground June beetle larvae have one generation per year and take one year to complete their life cycle of egg, larva, pupa and adult. The adult beetles of our annual white grubs are specific kinds of June beetles called masked chafers. They are tan or straw brown in color and as the name implies, they have a black stripe across the eyes and face. The masked chafers begin flying in late June and lay eggs in the turf during July.
Learn how to manage the bugs, beetles, worms and caterpillars that are showing up on home garden vegetables.
More and more gardeners are dealing with Japanese beetles as these very hungry garden pests spread throughout Iowa and their populations increase. Japanese beetle adults feed on a wide variety of plants.
Japanese beetles first emerged around the end of May in some parts of Iowa. As populations increase, gardeners around the state are asking how to deal with these very hungry garden pests.The good news, in eight weeks they will be gone.