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Welcome to the WeevilTrak℠ blog, offering you updates about annual bluegrass weevil (ABW) from industry leading researchers. This blog will provide you with timely ABW activity across the north east as well as advice on scouting and controlling them using the Optimum Control Strategy.

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Time To Be Hyper-Vigilant About Annual Bluegrass Weevils

Last week was the first big flush of first generation (summer) adults that we have observed in central Pennsylvania. You might be wondering, "I am just reading this now! Am I too late in making an application?" I don't think so.

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ABW Round 2 – The Next Generation

From initial crawl out of overwintering sites in late March, through the end of May and even into the early part of June, Annual Bluegrass Weevil (ABW) activity in the Mid-Atlantic (specifically Northern Virginia - Baltimore) could be described as somewhat of an accordion effect.

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Scouting Critical in Atypical ABW Season

As a decision-tool, WeevilTrak™ is one of many tools available to superintendents to control the annual bluegrass weevil (ABW). All of these tools have certainly been put to the test this season.

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Ference: The Real Deal?!

First, an update on my five annual bluegrass weevil (ABW) monitoring sites for last week-Tuesday, June 1 and Wednesday, June 2.

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Annual Bluegrass Weevils in MA

The warm weather of the past two weeks accelerated the development of the annual bluegrass weevil (ABW) in the Northeast even more than we had seen previously.

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Asynchronous is the Word of the Day - All Stages Present in Northern Virginia

Things have certainly accelerated quickly in the Mid-Atlantic and in certain instances, some damage that we typically don't see this early from ABW, became quite distinct. This was mostly due to added stress imposed by unseasonably dry conditions (lack of rainfall and periods of high temperatures with low humidity and wind).

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Heat and Drought Hit the Northeast

Much of the Northeast is in a moderate drought. According to the National Weather Service, so far this spring precipitation is about 40 percent less than normal. This drought stretches from eastern Pennsylvania, eastern New York, to all of New England.

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ABW update from New Jersey

It has been a busy spring ABW season with 19 experiments on five golf courses. Meanwhile, all five populations I've been working with are ready for larvicide applications versus larger larvae.

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Superintendents Supreme

The greatest assets of WeevilTrak™ are the golf course superintendents that host the sites where data and observations are collected to provide information on the best timing to help control annual bluegrass weevils (ABW). The biggest commitment of a superintendent who participates in the WeevilTrak program is leaving aside untreated turf.

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Preparing for Larvicide Applications in Pennsylvania

We have had a rapid change in the development of our annual bluegrass weevil (ABW) populations in Pennsylvania since my last blog entry (though it appears we are in a slight cool down at the moment).

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