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Plant/Pest of the Month 

Chinch bugsAugust:  Chinch Bugs
Chinch bugs can cause damage to home lawns particularly in July and August.  The injury to the grass is usually seen in open sunny areas and is often attributed to drought or heat stress.  The adults are small black bugs with white wings.  Young, immature chinch bug nymphs (immatures) are red and white while older chinch bug nymphs are orange to black.  For information about chinch bugs and their control:

Hairy Chinch Bugs (Michigan State University Extension publication E2496)

Chinch Bugs in Home Lawns (Penn State Extension publication)


Frequently Discussed Topics

Following are publications that answer the most frequently asked questions the Plant & Pest Hotline staff receive this time of the year. Please call or contact us with your questions at 248-858-0902.

August Landscape Guide

Coping with Grass Clippings (OC0308)

Deer Resistant Plants (E3042)

Fall Webworm (E2695)

Fertilizing Home Lawns (E0005turf)

Giant Hogweed (E2935)

Home Lawn Grub Products 2014

Irrigation Practices to Preserve Water Quality (E0009turf)

Lawns and Shade (OC0183)

Magnolia Scale (OC0519)

Mosquitos of Michigan (OC0489)

Mowing Lawn Turf (E0013turf)

Poison Ivy (E2946)

Rose Black Spot (BP139W)

Scale Insects (OC0152)

Slugs (OC0211)

Social Wasps (OC0146)

Solitary Wasps (OC0147)

Spray Schedule for Pest Control on Apples, Crabapples, Quince and Pears

Spray Schedule for Pest Control on Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots, Cherries and Plums

Spray Schedule for Pest Control on Brambles (Blackberries/Raspberries)

Spray Schedule for Pest Control on Strawberries

Spray Schedule for Pest Control on Blueberries

Spray Schedule for Pest Control on Grapes

Spring-Summer Houseplant Guide

Summer Lawn Care (E3180)

Tick Borne Illness in Michigan (E2765)

Ticks (OC0130)

Weeds in Turf


Seasonal Resource for Current Conditions and Plant/Pest Problems

An excellent resource for current conditions and plant/pest problems is the MSU Extension News web site, written by MSU faculty and MSU Extension staff.  These seasonal electronic articles offer Lawn & Garden pest management advice regarding a variety of topic areas such as Community Gardening, Composting & Recycling, Home Gardening, Landscaping, Pest Management, Turf, and Water Usage.  You can subscribe to various topics and have updates to their web site sent to you automatically.

Food donation fact sheet available from MSU Extension’s Michigan Fresh

Hungry people need good food – and gardeners can provide safe, nutritious food to those who might otherwise go without. Learn how community gardeners can donate extra produce to food pantries with Michigan State University Extension fact sheet “Fresh Produce Donation Guidelines for Gardeners.”  This fact sheet includes recommended ways to handle and prepare the produce, information about the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, and more.  
Fact sheets – on topics from apples to winter squash – are also available on the Michigan Fresh website at


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