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Viburnum leaf beetle damage

Pest of the Month: 

Viburnum Leaf Beetle

The viburnum leaf beetle is a serious pest of viburnums that has recently been discovered in Michigan landscapes.  This pest can significantly defoliate viburnums causing substantial dieback and may eventually kill the plant.  Click here for information on the detection and management of viburnum beetle.

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.  See our hours.



Rose Black Spot


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


Mosquitos of Michigan




Fertilizing Home Lawns to Preserve Water Quality

Grasses for Michigan Lawns

How to choose and when to apply grub control products for your lawn

Lawns in Shade

Mow High for Weed and Grub Control

Mowing Lawn Turf

Plants and Landscape

June Landscape Guide

Deer Resistant Plants for Homeowners

Fertilizer Basics for the Smart Gardener

Spring/Summer Houseplant Care

Soil Management

Don't Guess, Soil Test

Trees and Shrubs

Eastern Tent Caterpillar

Gypsy Moth in Michigan: A Homeowner’s Guide

Maple Petiole Borer

Oak Wilt in Michigan

Scale Insects

Spruce Decline


Organic Vegetable Production


Weed identification and control web site at MSU Turf Weeds



Reduce Lawn and Garden Damage Caused by Moles, Skunks & Raccoons

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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