Living the Country Life

Insect control Content

Definitely an ick factor when you find them
Nothing can turn off my craving for pancakes quicker than opening up the box and finding little bugs squirming in the pancake mix. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, tiny moths, beetles...
They love clutter, especially cardboard boxes
Spiders give me the heebie-jeebies. And there’s one in particular that I never want to meet – the venomous brown recluse – which can be found just about everywhere in the United...
Bees with a bad attitude
Yellow jackets are a type of wasp that could be considered the bullies of the bee world. They’re known to sting repeatedly and send thousands of people to the emergency room every year....
Sometimes you find a wormy surprise when you husk corn
Fresh ears of sweet corn are a staple at my house in the summer. Sometimes when I’m husking, I’ll find a green or gray striped worm munching on the tip of the corn. It’s not...
Ripe fruit is ravaged right on the plant by this bug
The spotted wing drosophila is a new insect that enjoys fresh fruit as much as you do. Amy Dreves is a research and extension entomologist at Oregon State University. She says the bug is a type of...
You can't completely bug-proof your home, but you don’t have to make it easy for them
It drives me crazy when I find a spider in the shower and ants in the kitchen. Where do they come from and how did they get in? Shayne Wetherall is the CEO of Envance Technologies, a company that...
Your property is the beetles' buffet, so if you have an infestation, cut off their food supply
I have some knockout roses and a couple of butterfly bushes that become a Japanese Beetle buffet every summer. Japanese beetles have green heads and copper wings. As grubs, they destroy lawns and eat...
There are insecticidal options to protect your ash trees
The emerald ash borer is a huge threat to ash trees. It's slowly munching its way from-state-to-state. The pest kills both stressed and healthy trees and is so aggresive, a tree may die within...
Pigs that do a lot of scratching and look rather miserable might be suffering from lice and mange
Whether you have a large number of pigs or just a few, an outbreak of external parasites can lead to reduced performance and make the animals more prone to disease. Ralph Williams is an...
The Colorado potato beetle will chew the leaves of potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants to nothing
The Colorado potato beetle is a familiar pest in the vegetable garden and will munch foliage till there's nothing left. Tom Kuhar is an associate professor of entomology at Virginia Tech. He...