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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

Spotted Lanternfly could be dangerous for North Carolina; Here’s what you need to know

By on March 15, 2021

While North Carolina has its fair share of invasive species already within the state, experts at the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are also on the lookout for pests just outside of our borders. The Spotted Lanternfly

Fire ants quarantine looks to slow down persistent pests

By on January 20, 2021

When people think of “dangerous invasive pests,” fire ants might not necessarily come to mind. While many people view fire ants as a ubiquitous part of life, the pests have actually only been in North Carolina since the 1950’s, after

Gypsy Moth program stays proactive

By on June 11, 2020

It all started with a few errant caterpillars. In 1869, French entomologist Étienne Léopold Trouvelot brought the larvae of the Gypsy Moth across the sea intending to breed them with silkworms to create a silk industry in America. Instead, as

An Ash Worth Saving: Program protects trees from invasive beetle

By on January 15, 2020

Seven years ago, the emerald ash borer was first found in North Carolina. Its discovery was met with dread. This invasive beetle had already become notorious by devastating the forests in the Midwest and Northeast. We knew it killed trees

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

You’re not from around here, are ya? Invasive species are a worldwide issue

By on March 27, 2019

There are several strangers in a strange land here in North Carolina. In fact, the majority of our worst forest pests are non-native invasive species. In the 1990s, the tree-killing hemlock woolly adelgid was first found in N.C. and can