Living the Country Life

Insect control Content

Don't believe the old wives tales
A walk through the woods or even playing in the yard could expose you to ticks. They can be harmful, but it’s important to understand the facts – and the myths about them in order to...
Take a bite out of being bit by understanding what they are and where they lurk.
Enjoying the great outdoors often involves sitting in the grass. And if you find yourself scratching like mad the next day, you sat on a nest of chiggers. Entomologist Ken Holscher at Iowa State...
Protect your vegetable crops from bugs by giving them something else to munch on
You’re probably familiar with companion planting in the garden, where two or more species of plants are in close proximity to each other to provide natural pest control. For example, collards...
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...