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University of Illinois Extension Offers Program On Invasive Insects

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. Kelly 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 on Tuesday, April 23rd at 1:30 p.m. at the following University of Illinois Extension Offices: Bureau County in Princeton; Marshall-Putnam Counties in Henry; and LaSalle County in Ottawa. This webinar may also be viewed from wherever you have 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 Tuesday, June 11th at 1:30 p.m. at the local University of Illinois Extension Offices previously listed.


Each session is free to the public. Advance registration is needed. Phone or email the LaSalle County University of Illinois Extension office for more details at 815-433-0707, or you may email Extension Program Coordinator Meg Overocker at meo@illinois.edu.  


University of Illinois Extension provides educational programs and research-based information to help Illinois residents improve their quality of life, develop skills and solve problems. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call the LaSalle County Extension office at 815-433-0707. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences – United States Department of Agriculture – Local Extension Councils Cooperating