Phil Pellitteri: Got insect issues? Just pretend it’s late June.

When you’re dealing with insects this season, you need to pretend that it’s three or four weeks later into the year.

“Think about when your plants were blooming. You know back in May when the lilacs were out two to three weeks early? Well, the insects that are out when the lilacs are out were also out two to three weeks early. Everything has kind of continued that way,” says the Extension entomologist in this podcast produced by Sevie Kenyon.

“If you’re used to treating something on the 1st of July, the recommendation, easily, to make right now is that plants could probably be treated about the 15th of June or maybe even a week earlier than that. If you use the calendar this year, unfortunately, you will be incorrect and will have missed your opportunity.”