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LSU AgCenter

If you simply can't be satisfied with the occasional chance appearance of a butterfly in your garden, you might consider planting a butterfly garden... a landscape intended to attract butterflies.

Louisiana is on the migration route for the monarch butterfly. This butterfly overwinters in Mexico, migrates to the northern United States in spring and summer, and then travels back down to Mexico in the fall. Many gardeners plant milkweed in their gardens to provide for the monarch butterflies.

Fall Webworm Is Making Spooky Webs In Your Trees

Oct 14, 2018
LSU AgCenter

Looking up in your pecan or sweet gum trees, you may have noticed a very spooky webbing being formed around the tips of your branches, as well as the foliation under the webbing.

If you are seeing this, most likely you have an infestation of the fall webworm.

Insects In The Lawn Cause Summer Problems

Jun 23, 2018
LSU AgCenter

Mid-summer marks the time to scout for insects in the lawn. You might not notice them until it's too late and the insects have caused damage to your turf.

Grubs and mole crickets are two subterranian creatures who can feed on turf grass roots. Above-ground insects to watch for include chinch bugs and the sod webworm.

LSU AgCenter

Mid-summer marks the time when we need to begin scouting for insects in the lawn.

Two below-ground insects that can pose a problem to lawns in the summer are grubs and mole crickets. Above ground insects to watch for include chinch bugs and the sod web worm.


Preventing nematodes

Sep 16, 2016
LSU AgCenter

You may sometimes read or hear about planting certain plants around other plants to prevent insect problems. This is called companion planting.

The idea is certain plants will give off aromas that will repel insects. Unfortunately, research doesn't substantiate claims around companion planting.

How would a man in a suit of armor go to the bathroom? That inquiry into medieval sanitation is just one of many unlikely topics that have come up around Sarah Albee's dinner table. Albee, a children's book author, has been trying to get middle schoolers interested in history. Her strategy is to look at it through the lens of something that gets kids' attention, namely: things that are gross.