Summer BOLO (Be on the Lookout)

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In Sampson County, the summer season brings with it dangerous heat indexes and high humidity for anyone working outdoors. For the home gardener, or commercial vegetable grower, the summer season also brings with it several pests that can harm or destroy crops, ornamentals, and lawns. Below is a BOLO for common pests found during the summer in Sampson County.


Late blight in tomato

Late blight in tomato

  • Late blight
  • Early blight
  • Septoria leaf spot
  • Tomato spotted wilt virus
  • Powdery mildew
  • Downy mildew
  • Southern stem blight


  • Root knot nematodes
  • Downy mildew
  • Powdery mildew
  • Rust

    Downy mildew on impatiens

    Downy mildew on impatiens


  • Southern stem blight
  • Fungal and bacterial leaf spots
  • Powdery mildew
  • Downy mildew
  • Daylily leaf streak


  • Brown patch on cool season grasses
  • Fairy ring
  • Gray leaf spot (St. Augustine)

    Shot-hole fungus

    Shot-hole fungus on stone fruit

Woody ornamentals:

  • Powdery mildew
  • Rose rosette
  • Slime flux of hardwood trees
  • Bacterial scorch
  • Shot-hole
  • Amarilla root rot


Mummy berries

Mummy berries

  • Brown rot in peaches
  • Bitter rot in apples
  • Cedar apple rust
  • Mummy berry in blueberries


  • Kudzu bugs
  • Bagworms
  • Webworms

    Japanese beetle

    Japanese beetle

  • Hornworms
  • Parsley worms
  • Squash borers
  • Wasps/hornets
  • Japanese beetles

If you suspect you have any of these pests invading your garden, take a picture of the pest (similar quality as the pictures in this article), and email to for identification and control options.

Written By

Photo of Brad HardisonBrad HardisonExtension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture (910) 592-7161 (Office) brad_hardison@ncsu.eduSampson County, North Carolina
Posted on Jun 29, 2016
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