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Bugs & Blights Series Tackles Apple Maggot, Carpenter Ants and Canada Thistle

EVERETT, Wash. – Washington State University Snohomish County Extension’s popular Bugs & Blights workshop series in May will focus on the identification and management of three common pests. Apple maggots and carpenter ants are common in western Washington and often devastating insect pests, and Canada Thistle is one of the region’s most pernicious weeds. The workshop will feature a combination of lecture, laboratory and field work.

The workshop will be presented on Wednesday, May 28, at three different times: 10 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., 1 to 3:05 p.m., and 6:30 to 8:35 p.m. The workshops will be held at the WSU Snohomish County Extension office, 600 128th Street S.E. in Everett.

The cost for the workshop is $20, or sign up for the series of four Bugs & Blights workshops for $65. For certified Master Gardeners the cost is $10 per workshop or $35 for the series.

Pre-registration is required. Call 425/338-2400 to register or download the form at and mail it with your check.

Other common and not-so-common weeds and insect pests discussed during the combination lecture and hands-on lab. Attendees are encouraged to bring pest, weed, and disease samples for identification.

Sharon Collman, leader of WSU Snohomish County Extension’s horticulture education program, and Dave Pehling, an entomologist who has been teaching about insects for Snohomish County Extension since 1978, will conduct the workshop.

State pesticide recertification credits are available. Contact Sharon Collman for more information at 425/357-6025 or at


Media Contacts

Kate Halstead, WSU Snohomish County Extension, 425-357-6024