U of I Extension offers program on invasive insects


OTTAWA - The Four Seasons Gardening Program from the University of Illinois Extension continues with a session titled “Invasive Insects.”

University of Illinois Extension Pest Survey Coordinator Kelly Estes will talk about Illinois’ “Most Unwanted,” the latest pests in Illinois that threaten farmers, gardeners and homeowners. Estes will discuss identification characteristics, host preferences, where these insects are right now, and what their population means to Illinois. With the knowledge of pest damage that has already occurred from the Emerald Ash Borer and the Gypsy Moth, identification of these future invading insects and locating hot spots is key for prevention.

This program will be offered via a live webinar at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 at the following University of Illinois Extension Offices: LaSalle County in Ottawa; Bureau County in Princeton; and Marshall-Putnam counties in Henry. This webinar may also be viewed from wherever there is internet access by pre-registering at go.illinois.edu/4seasons_webinars. Recorded videos of these sessions can be viewed following the program at go.illinois.edu/fourseasonsrecordings.

This is the second in the spring series. The next program, titled “Which Grass is Which? Identifying Grasses Made Easy,” is set for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11 at the local University of Illinois Extension Offices previously listed.

Each session is free to the public. Advance registration is needed. Phone or e-mail the LaSalle County University of Illinois Extension office for more details at (815) 433-0707, or e-mail Extension Program Coordinator Meg Overocker at [email protected] 

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