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 – 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...

Across Kentucky – February 27, 2013

Current weather patterns point to a healthy crop of eastern tent caterpillars over the next few weeks. While these pests are mostly just a nuisance for the landscapes of home owners, in the past, they’ve resulted in severe economic losses for horse owners. UK entomologist Lee Townsend talks about the pest...

Spotted wing Drosophila found in south central Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Sept. 26, 2012) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed a spotted wing Drosophila fly was found in south central Kentucky. Originally from Asia, this particular fruit fly species can be destructive to softer skinned fruit. The fly was captured in a University of Kentucky...