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Figure 6, illustrates excessive resin from injured twigs with accompanying brown needles oozing with resin.

PEST ALERT: Pitch Canker on White Pine

By Bruce Wenning

This past September I noticed, far off in the distance, a dying white pine (Pinus strobus) located on the edge of our driving range at The Country Club. After much research, I concluded that this white pine was infected by the pitch canker pathogenic fungus, Fusarium circinatum.  Golf balls repeatedly hit into the pine had caused wounds to needles, branches, and bark creating ports of entry for pathogenic spores of pitch canker. Learn how pitch canker spreads and signs to look for on your property. 

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Lady beetle enjoying aphids for lunch. 

When Trouble Follows You Indoors

By Nadia Ruffin

Winter is here and we have all moved our plants indoors. Everything is fine—for a few weeks. Then you notice a few leaves falling off your plants. You don’t think anything of it at first, but then your vibrant plants start to go downhill fast. After a careful inspection, you discover your plants are infested with insects.  Learn the most common house plant pests and how to manage them. 

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Tracking the Asian Tiger Mosquito in the Northeastern US: An Opportunity for Citizen Scientists!

by Kellyann Baxendell & Laura Harrington

The Asian Tiger Mosquito (ATM) was first introduced to this country in the mid-1980s and has become invasive across a wide swath of the eastern US, with a continually expanding range. ATMs are particularly aggressive mosquitoes that feed during the day which makes them a nuance to gardeners and landscapers. Not only are their bites painful but like other mosquitoes, they carry a variety of blood-borne diseases.    Learn how scientists are tracking ATM and how we can all be citizen scientists in the efforts to help stop the spread of disease.   

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