Across Kentucky – April 1, 2016

While the Emerald Ash Borer has invaded a sizeable portion of the state and already done significant damage both woodland owners and home owners with ash trees in their landscapes can fight back. Entomologist Lee Townsend discusses the approaches that might best work for particular situations and suggests...

Across Kentucky – March 28, 2016

The Eastern Tent Caterpillar is making an early appearance in Kentucky but the good news is, for homeowners, they’re not really that harmful and they’re fairly easy to eliminate in landscapes. UK Entomologist Lee Townsend offers a few tips for hand-to-hand combat with the...

Across Kentucky – March 23, 2016

Successfully fighting the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) “is an option” for timber owners in Kentucky and now is the time to act. UK Entomologist, Lee Townsend, discusses the “EAB Decision Guide,” available on line, to give home owners and timber managers an assessment plan about the tools, costs, and...

Across Kentucky – August 6, 2015

Following up on the Aug 5 report, Feldhaus visits with UK Entomologist, Lee Townsend, who confirms that wood bee damage is a growing problem facing farmers and on occasion, homeowners with wood decks. He offers suggestions on a combination of treatments and management to prevent the problem in the first...

Across Kentucky – April 8, 2015

They don’t really do all that much damage in the home landscape for the homeowner with cherry trees, the eastern tent caterpillar and it tree webs are an unwelcome fact of life each spring. UK entomologist Lee Townsend talks about how the insects build their nests and about how homeowners can best deal...

Across Kentucky – November 18, 2014

The spread of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) seems inevitable across the state, but entomology officials are trying to develop new tools to track and slow that insect pest. UK entomologist Lee Townsend discusses development of “fake” lady borers that are actually electronic bug...

Across Kentucky – November 10, 2014

Insect researchers have discovered that the Emerald Ash Borer, in central Ohio, has now added a new tree species to its menu. UK entomologist, Lee Townsend, discusses the significance of this event, and updates the current situation with the pest and its impacts on...

Eastern tent caterpillars now on the move in Central Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky., – Eastern tent caterpillars in Central Kentucky are mature, have dispersed from trees and are on the move, leading experts to advise horse farm managers to move pregnant mares, if practical, to avoid contact with the crawling caterpillars. According to Lee Townsend, University of...

Across Kentucky – April 22, 2014

The official status of the in-state quarantine to stem the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer has been changed by officials heading that effort. Nevertheless, UK Extension Entomologist, Lee Townsend, says we can all still help fight the spread of the insect pest, and that there are effective measures for ash...

Across Kentucky – March 24, 2014

The Eastern Tent Caterpillar has not been impacted in the slightest by Kentucky’s harsh winter weather. In fact, UK extension entomologist, Lee Townsend, says in recent years of casual observation he thinks their populations are increasing. Townsend has suggestions for dealing with these spring pests...

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