Ground Cherry in husk

Ground Cherries

Ground cherries are an old-fashioned garden favorite that is in the nightshade family, the same family that includes tomatoes and peppers.  These unique “fruits” are about the size of a cherry tomato and are hidden away inside a papery outer husk. The fruity flavor of the ground cherry lends itself well to use in salads, […]

Garlic mustard seedling on brown soil background.

Garlic Mustard, A Threat to the Wooded Areas of Wisconsin

Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is an introduced species in North America that was originally brought here by settlers from Europe.  Part of the reason that the settlers brought the plant here was for use in cooking due to the garlic-like scent/flavor that the name implies.  One of the issues with garlic mustard is that none of the insects and diseases that would naturally control the population of plants are present in North America. 

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Carpenter Ants

Have you seen big black ants crawling around your house?  They might be carpenter ants!  Carpenter ants can be a nuisance in the home.  Click the button below to find out more about controlling them in the factsheet “Controlling Carpenter Ants”.

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This is the time of year that all sorts of insects start invading your home. Temperatures are getting cool outside, food sources are diminishing, and bugs start looking for a place to overwinter.  One of the pesky insects that you may find invading your home is the earwig.  Find out more about how to deal […]

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Due to the holiday nature of today, we thought we should promote a relevant UW-Extension resource.  The highlight of the day is “Common Spiders in and Around Homes“.  Spiders can be a source of much fear, but this guide will help you identify what arachnid you are dealing with and bring you recommended control solutions.

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Blueberry Leaf Rust

A minor disease of blueberries that crops up on occasion is blueberry leaf rust. With the moist fall conditions we have been having, don’t be surprised if you see some on your blueberries.

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Bee Removal

Our office often gets the question, “I have a swarm of bees on my property, who do I contact to remove them?” You can find a bee removal expert by clicking on the button below.

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Emerald Ash Borer Found in Marquette County

News release from Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection: EAB Confirmed in Marquette, Richland Counties for First Time Release Date: 8/6/15 Contact: Donna Gilson 608-224-5130, Bill Cosh, Communications Director 608-224-5020, MADISON – Marquette County will become the 38th Wisconsin county to be quarantined for emerald ash borer, following discovery of the […]

Spotted wing drosophila (male and female) against a penny for scale. Photo by Phil Pellitteri, UW Insect Diagnostic Lab.

Spotted Wing Drosophila Found in Marquette County

Spotted Wing Drosophila has been confirmed in Marquette County today.  This is a pest of all soft-skinned fruit crops, including strawberries, raspberries, grapes, and others.  The Insect Diagnostic Lab is maintaining a Spotted Wing Drosophila website that houses loads of information on this insect, including identification, management, and monitoring strategies.

Flowering wild cucumber growing on a fence.

Wild Cucumber

Have you been noticing a bright green vine that has been climbing up trees and fencelines this summer?  What you are seeing is Wild Cucumber (Echinocystis lobata), a member of the Cucurbitaceae family which includes cucumbers, squash, and melons.  Wild cucumber is a native plant of Wisconsin and most of North America.  Additional information on […]