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Growing green – Caterpillars: Garden friend or enemy?

July 17, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

It seems that those of us with gardens or flowers to keep luscious and healthy throughout the growing season are always dealing with some sort of garden pest. Why is it that the tastiest snack has to be the most gorgeous or best producing plant in the yard? Continue Reading

Forest tent caterpillars increasing in northern Minnesota; DNR to conduct aerial defoliation survey

June 9, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will soon be flying an aerial detection survey across the state to pinpoint where defoliation from forest tent caterpillars has occurred this spring and to what severity. Continue Reading

Forest tent caterpillars creating a gooey mess in city

May 28, 2012 in DL-Online

An invasion of forest tent caterpillars from Hubbard County and around the state has now found its way to city trees. Continue Reading

Growing Green – Forest tent caterpillars

May 15, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

What are these little buggers, and how can we control them?
Here are the facts:
These caterpillars live throughout the U.S. and nosh on hardwood trees like balsam poplar, basswood, oaks, ashes, birches, alder, fruit trees, and their favorite, quaking aspen. When they are done munching on trees, they often move to other vegetation, including vegetables, small fruits and nursery crops. They rarely eat red maples or conifers, such as pine and spruce. Continue Reading