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Houseplant Pest Problems Likely to Increase

Many gardeners like to save some plants from Jack Frost by bringing some plants in from the flower garden or moved some of those container gardens indoors. Others took cuttings of their favorite plants, get them rooted and continue to enjoy them on their windowsills over the winter. Whatever you like to do, it probably means that your limited indoor gardening spaces will become more heavily populated with plants than they were during the summer months. As plants are more closely packed together, the greater the likelihood that pest problems may spread from one plant to another and also a plant that had a minor pest problem outdoors, may suffer a more significant infestation inside the home.

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Sod Webworm in South Dakota

Sod webworm moths are emerging throughout South Dakota. Although these pests are common during the fall, the number of moth sightings and population densities in the Western half of the state are higher than normal. The particular species being found is the vagabond sod webworm. Unlike several other webworm species found in the United States, vagabond sod webworms rarely cause much damage and the adult moths are no more than just a short-term nuisance.

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Rose Sawfly Damage Exacerbated by Heat

Rose sawflies are also called roseslugs and are in the order Hymenoptera. Despite their common name, they are neither flies nor slugs. The larvae resemble caterpillars. They are small and light green with a tan head capsule. The larvae feed on the surface of the leaves, and do not chew through the whole leaf. This results in ‘windowpane’ injury or skeletonization of the leaves.

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Earwig Management at Home

The wet conditions in the Southeast portion of the state this spring resulted in a large number of earwigs showing up in homes and gardens. Earwigs are very distinctive and are often feared by onlookers due to the pincer or forceps appendages present at the end of their body, but they are not harmful to humans. The pincers (called cerci) are used for defense, but earwigs do not seek out humans to attack.

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