News for the Crop and Soil Science Department

Get indoor pests to bug off without chemicals (Herald and News)

Insects lurking under leaves, climbing up stems and settling into the soil of houseplants frustrate indoor gardeners to no end.

But there are answers, according to Amy Dreves, an entomologist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

“Winter is a good time to check indoor plants for sap-sucking insects like mites, thrips, mealybugs, scales, whiteflies and aphids,” she said. “Spotting problems and responding to them early can keep populations from exploding.”

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ALERT: The Winter Cutworm

Large numbers of Winter Cutworm (Noctua pronuba), otherwise known as the Large Yellow Underwing Moth, have been reported throughout the fall and winter months across several counties in western Oregon and Washington. First detected in Oregon in 2001, the winter cutworm has not previously been documented as an agricultural pest in the state. See attached document for further reading.

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Mike Flowers Receives Distinguished Service Award from the Oregon Wheat Commission

At the Tri-State Grain Convention during the Oregon Gala, Mike Flowers received the Distinguished Service Award presented by the Oregon Wheat Commission.

Your Garden (Polk County Itemizer-Observer)

Insects lurking under leaves, climbing up stems and settling into the soil of houseplants frustrate indoor gardeners to no end. But there are answers, according to Amy Dreves, an entomologist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

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