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Poolside Pests: Checking your pool filters this summer can save North Carolina’s trees

By on May 26, 2021

Guest authors: Courtney Smith and Kelly Oten, NCSU Extension As the weather gets warmer in North Carolina, it’s clear that summer is upon us. Many people enjoy what summer brings — the warm weather, vacations and relaxing by the pool!

Look out for the spotted lanternfly, a bug that threatens fruit and wine!

By on May 20, 2021

Guest authors: Courtney Smith and Kelly Oten, NCSU Extension You won’t like the spotted lanternfly if you like to sit under the shade of trees, enjoy fruits such as apples, sip wine or work in the garden. The spotted lanternfly

Save our trees. Be on the lookout for the Asian longhorned beetle!

By on May 19, 2021

Guest authors: Courtney Smith and Kelly Oten, NCSU Extension Gorgeous, vibrant maple trees are a common sight in North Carolina. These trees are some of the first to show fall color, painting our landscape. They are the second most common

Have Fungus, Will Travel: Tree-killing disease jumps to Tennessee and Kentucky

By on August 7, 2019

An unwelcome sight has plagued our coastal forests for years now. Dead redbay trees line the roadways and mar our coastal forests in southeastern N.C. These trees are dead because of an invader—a non-native fungus carried from tree to tree

Busy Summer for Invasive Tree-Killer: Emerald ash borer detected in 11 new counties since May

By on July 19, 2019

Summer is often full of plans, but no one has been busier this year than the emerald ash borer. Although small, this invasive beetle is killing countless ash trees across the state. Since May, it has been confirmed in 11

Saving North Carolina’s Urban Ash Trees

By on August 8, 2018

In 2013, the emerald ash borer made its debut in North Carolina. The devastation of forests north and northwest caused by this invasive beetle was already well-known, so its discovery was met with dread. The ash forests were dying, and

Pictured is a late-stage spotted lanternfly nymph.

The Spotted Lanternfly: Spotted in Virginia

By on April 25, 2018

And we need your help to spot it here! In 2013, the emerald ash borer was found for the first time in N.C.  Now, a mere 5 years later, it can be found in a third of our state. The

New scale insect threatens the South’s beloved crape myrtle

By on January 25, 2017

The crape myrtle is a fan favorite in the southern landscape. Across the region, its pink, lavender, red and white flowers can be spotted along streets, in cities, parks and yards. They are loved for their gorgeous flowers and smooth

Thousand Cankers Disease Stays Put for Another Year in NC

By on December 21, 2016

From late summer through early November, the N.C. Forest Services’ Forest Health staff, the Plant Industry Division, and cooperators with the Duke Forest set and monitored 104 traps across the state with the intent of detecting the walnut twig beetle

BugFest visitors hear the buzz about firewood

By on September 21, 2016

On Sept. 17, 30,000 visitors swarmed BugFest, an annual event at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. While many are adventurous and take a bite out of dishes with six-legged ingredients, the N.C. Forest Service and Plant Industry