Forest health

Early and Late Frosts and Freezes

Nebraska is well known for being a land of extreme temperature swings. It isn’t uncommon in Fall or Spring to go from a nice day to a blanket of snow in less than two days. When this happens, it can cause damage to trees that were not fully prepared for the change.

Japanese Beetle in Nebraska

The Japanese beetle is a highly destructive invasive pest that is an annual problem for many Nebraskans. Its presence has grown over the last decade and is getting worse. Adults of this metallic beetle feed on over 300 different species of plants and larvae are often the bane of turfgrass. While treatment options do exist, they are often limited by several factors. However, different cultural practices can mitigate much of the damage done by these invaders.

Spotted Lanternfly - What to Look For

Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is an aggressive invasive species that is present in several states. It is currently found in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey with sightings in several other nearby states. Although this pest is not present in Nebraska, it is important to be vigilant for it.   

Spotted Lanternfly Look-alikes (Not yet present in Nebraska)

Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), is a new invasive species that poses one of the largest threats to American agriculture and trees in decades. Currently found in Southeast Pennsylvania and nearby regions, it has many look-alike native species that could make detection difficult. This guide will assist in the identification and possible early detection if this pest shows up in Nebraska.