Cydalima perspectalis, sometimes known as the box tree moth, is established in Canada and was recently found in the U.S. Feeding by this moth can devastate boxwood plants, which are commonly planted in landscapes across the country. A new review highlights the life cycle and potential impact of this pest and makes recommendations for scouting and management.
Most ambrosia beetles are secondary pests on woody plants in both managed and natural landscapes. However, some of the most impactful invasive species in the world are ambrosia beetles. Megaplatypus mutatus, native to South America, has invaded other regions, and a new article in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management reviews its potential impact and management strategies.
Boxwood is one of the most widely planted landscape plants in North America. However, it is not without management challenges, specifically from arthropod and disease pests. A new article in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management discusses identification, biology, and management of common boxwood pests.
Small hive beetles (Aethina tumida) can cause substantial damage in commercial honey bee colonies in North America. Both larval and adult beetles consume hive products and honey bee eggs and larvae, creating a slimy waste in the process. A new guide discusses the biology and management of these pests and highlights current gaps in our knowledge.
Thousand cankers disease is a fungal disease primarily affecting walnut trees, spread by the walnut twig beetle (Pityophthorus juglandis). While impacts vary greatly, diagnostic tools and an updated integrated pest management program are urgently needed. A new paper in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management highlights strategies that can be effective in managing TCD in commercial walnut plantations.