Monthly Archives: August 2017

Eddie’s Corner: Tree Topping

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

Tree toppingHave you noticed? They’re everywhere; trees disfigured and dying from years of abuse. Specifically, I’m referring to the misguided practice of tree topping, also known as pollarding, stubbing, dehorning, heading and several other terms.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Mosquito Concerns

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

Mosquito 1School is back in session and it may seem like summer is coming to a close, but peak mosquito season is just starting. Mosquito larvae need standing water to complete their life cycle and because of the rains this summer, they’ve found items outside holding water, then factor in our warm weather and they’re going to flourish which is bad news for families that want to spend time outside after school and work. Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Webbing in Trees may be home to Caterpillars called Fall Webworms

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

Fall webwormsI know it’s hard to believe but yes, the days are actually getting shorter and shorter and thus I’m already getting a lot of calls about the appearance of webbing in trees around the county. This webbing is home to a caterpillar called the fall webworm. They use the silk webbing to form protection from predators as it feeds on leaves of over 100 different types of trees. Some of the most common trees we see them infest are cherry, black walnut, mulberry, elm, sweet gum, willow, apple, ash, and oak. It is a native insect that ranges from Canada to Mexico. The signs of fall webworms in a tree are relatively easy to spot. They will create a nest at the end of branches and as they need more leaves, they expand the size of the nest to meet their needs.  Continue reading