Learn about invasive plants and insects of Marshall County

PLYMOUTH — Marshall County Extension Office is holding an evening session on invasive insect and plants impacting area woodlands and properties. The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is a new insect pest here in Marshall County that feeds on plants during the summer and over winters in homes. Bob Yoder, Marshall County Extension Educator will lead a discussion on invasive pests at the Plymouth Public Library in the Laramore Room Tuesday evening, March 15. The program will start at 6:30 p.m. and last until 8:30 p.m.  He will discuss what is meant by invasive and how these new plants and animals our impacting our local ecology. He will share specific information on invasive plants like Garlic Mustard, Tree of Heaven, Asian Bush Honeysuckle, and Oriental Bittersweet and insect pests like Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Emerald Ash Borer and Gypsy Moth. Emerald Ash Borer and Gypsy Moth are two new insect pests that may need to be managed in Marshall County landscapes, so understanding how to identify them is important. To participate in this program, call the Marshall County Extension Office 574-935-8545 or e-mail ryoder@purdue.edu by Monday, March 14, so adequate handouts will be prepared for this presentation.