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Introducing Pest
Alerts

A Pest Alert is a pest news article that requires immediate attention. A pest alert is sent out the same day it is written and posted by an North Carolina Cooperative Extension Specialist. Be informed - sign up for alerts HERE by selecting NC Pest Alerts from the list, entering your email address at the bottom of the page. You will receive a confirmation email in your inbox.  

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Pest Alert

Introducing Pest
Alerts

A Pest Alert is a pest news article that requires immediate attention. A pest alert is sent out the same day it is written and posted by an North Carolina Cooperative Extension Specialist. Be informed - sign up for alerts HERE by selecting NC Pest Alerts from the list, entering your email address at the bottom of the page. You will receive a confirmation email in your inbox.  

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Subscribe to NC Pest
News

It's summer and those pests are back. Sign-up to receive the North Carolina Pest News and every Friday you will be emailed the most current news. To subscribe click here, choose NC Pest News from the list, and type in your email address into the box at the bottom of the page. You will receive a verification email in your inbox. While subscribing you may also choose to receive other bits of news about other topics.

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New Local Exhibit on
Native Bees

A special exhibit on North Carolina native bees runs from June 15th until October 3, 2015 at the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill.  Tours, art workshops, scientific lectures, and poetry will showcase native bees and how we can help these important pollinators. Visit the NC Botanical Garden website to sign up for events.

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Insect light trap
data now posted online

Light traps across NC are checked weekly during the summer and the trap data is now posted weekly on the Integrated Pest Management portal under the Insect Trap Data tab. Go directly to the page by clicking here.

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Brown marmorated stinkbug

Want to ID that stink
bug? We can help

There are over 4,700 species of stink bugs in the world, with about 250 in the U.S. and Canada. Stink bugs can be a serious pest, feeding on a long list of host plants, including fruits, vegetables, trees, shrubs, legumes, and weeds. Stink bugs overwinter as adults and become active in spring when temperatures rise above 21 degrees Centigrade (above 70 degrees F). Stink bugs generally reach high population levels in late September or early October. It is then that stink bugs may become a problem on crops, especially soybeans. The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys, is a relatively new pest in North Carolina. Wherever BMSB takes up residence, it causes severe crop and garden losses and becomes a nuisance to people. BMSB may reach very high numbers, and since one bug can feed on many fruit, losses can be severe. If you find a stink bug that you suspect might be a BMSB, take a photo of it and carefully note where and when you collected it. Then, log onto the IPM portal and report the sighting here. To better aid in identifying stink bugs, the national IPM Centers have revised the Guide to Stink Bugs, from Virginia Cooperative Extension. This illustrated guide covers a wide range of stink and plant bugs and provides an excellent overview of stink bug biology.

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Soybean Rust Update Aug 21, 2015

Asiatic Soybean Rust was confirmed on soybeans in a sentinel plot in Jackson County, Florida, earlier today.  Earlier, rust had been confirmed on soybeans in Lincoln and Walthall counties, Mississippi.  The Jackson  County MORE »

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A good directory for any IPM toolbox popular

The IPM Practitioner’s 2015 Directory of Least-Toxic Pest Control Products is now available online. This Directory lists more than 2,000 products such as baits, traps, pheromones, microbials, biocontrol agents, least toxic pesticides and other materials needed MORE »

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Viewing NC Trap Data on Mobile Devices

Like many websites, the mobile version of the IPM Portal is a different from the desktop version. To view the graphs for the insect trap data on your mobile device, you will need MORE »

Current Western NC Orchard Pest Populations Aug 10, 2015

We track local insect populations throughout the growing season using a system of traps, temperature-recording devices, and degree-day models. Traps and weather data are checked weekly, with results updated by Tuesday afternoon from MORE »

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