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Weevils and Beetles Take Center Stage in Bugs and Blights Workshop Series

EVERETT, Wash. — Washington State University Snohomish County Extension’s popular Bugs & Blights workshop series in June will take a close look at root weevils and beetles. Many beetles can be beneficial in the landscape, but others can cause serious problems. The class will focus on helping landscapers and nursery workers learn to identify the good, the bad and the ugly among root weevils and beetles.

The workshop will be presented on Wednesday, June 25, 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 http://snohomish.wsu.edu/ag/workshops/registrationform.pdf and mail it with your check.

The two-hour workshop will combine a lecture, laboratory time and field work to teach participants how to identify and manage weevils and beetles commonly encountered in Western Washington during summer. It will focus on the several weevil species common to the region, as well as leaf beetles, lady beetles, June beetles, ground beetles, singing beetles, boring beetles and poplar-and-willow borers. The class also will cover other common and not-so-common insect pests of the season. 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.

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Media Contacts

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