Monthly Archives: April 2016

Are you ready for the invasion? Miller Moth Season in Colorado

Most Colorado residents are familiar with the yearly migration resulting in the invasion of the army cutworm miller moths.  Although a majority of miller moth activity occurs in eastern Colorado, there is another occurrence of army cutworms along the western slope of the state.  Adults have a 1.5-2 inch wide wing span that varies from […]

Colorado Potato Beetles

Likely the most damaging of insects in relation to potatoes, the Colorado potato beetle can, if left untreated, completely defoliate plants.  Up to 75% of the damage caused is by older larvae during feeding.  Eggs are laid on the underside of leaves in clusters of 10-30 eggs at a time.  Females can lay a few […]

Eastern Mole

Solitary creatures of the underground world, eastern moles are the only mole species that inhabits Colorado.  Activity is primarily restricted to the eastern plains where soil is thick, pliable and bonds well enough to support tunnel systems while promoting the presence of food sources such as earthworms, cutworms, grubs and other insects.  A single mole […]

Plains Pocket Gopher Management in Colorado

Although four species of pocket gophers are found throughout Colorado, the primary species of concern in the Colorado Springs and Pueblo areas is the plains pocket gopher.  Thriving in sandy and silt soil types, plains pocket gophers are light to dark brown in color on the upper portions of their bodies with buff colored underbellies.  […]

Voles in Colorado

Although 8 species of voles inhabit the state of Colorado, the primary activity along the Front Range and south central Colorado is attributed to the meadow vole.  Often called meadow or field mice, these small rodents are known for creating runways in lawns, girdling trees and shrubs and causing general damage to ornamental type plants […]

Aphids

A very common garden and landscape pest, aphids are small, soft-bodied insects less than 1/8” in length.  While a majority of aphids are green or black in color, a variety of other colors have also been noted.  All aphids have cornicles (tubes) at the rear end of their bodies, whose function is to secrete substances […]

Lacewings

Green Lacewings are considered as beneficial insects as many feed on other insects.  Lacewings are commercially available for this reason and are among the most commonly released natural enemies of many garden pests.  Adult Green Lacewings are soft bodied insects with two pairs of transparent wings.  Adults most commonly fly at night and are often […]

Clover Mites

One of three turf damaging mites in Colorado, clover mites are frequent nuisances inside of structures as well.  Typically entering on the sunny exposure sides of the buildings (primarily south and west sides), clover mites often migrate inside through cracks and crevices around windows and doors.  The sheer numbers in which clover mites typically invade […]

Earwigs – “Pincher Bugs”

Earwigs are commonly known as pincher bugs due to their forceps-like appendages that protrude from the tail end of their body.  The forceps are used as a means of defense in both the male and female.  Males have forceps that are curved whereas the females’ are straighter. Despite the fact that many earwig species have […]

Centipedes

Colorado is home to approximately twenty-five species of centipedes.  Of these species, house centipedes and giant desert centipedes tend to be two of the species of main concern among homeowners.  Centipedes in general have long, slender, segmented bodies with a single pair of legs on each segment.  Their size varies greatly depending on their species.  […]