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Summer heat and drought are prime conditions for midge flies to make the deer sick
A tiny midge fly is biting deer and infecting the animals with a virus that causes hemorrhagic disease. Emily Flinn is a resource scientist with the Missouri Department of Conservation. She says...
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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...
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Cicadas are little bugs that make a great big noise every decade or so
The deafening sound in your trees this spring announces the arrival of cicadas. Dan Mozgai is a cicada expert, and owner of the website cicadamania.com. There are species that appear either every 13...
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My niece Tika Marie Siburt posted this photo on Facebook and I shared it with Living the Country Life fans. They loved it, although most had no idea what it was. This is not something right out of a...
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Check yourself!
40,000 cases of lyme disease are documented in the U.S. every year. Warmer winters and fewer rodents make it worse because ticks need to look for other hosts - us! Here are some tick-prevention...
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Enrich your garden with native pollinators.
Buzz of the bees A rich, natural environment -- the essence of country living -- is much more than visual beauty. It also calls for the sounds of country, including the buzz of bees. "...
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Look no farther than your kitchen or medicine cabinet to help control common garden pests.
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You needn't get out the chemical arsenal to rid your garden of unwanted pests and diseases.
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A Michigan State University entomology study has found that native bees and insect predators that have access to native plants do a great job of pollinating and consuming insect pests. This can add...
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When days turn colder, you might notice little visitors on the side of your house
Radio Interview Source: Jeff Hahn, Entomologist, University of Minnesota Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below The small black and orange bugs that love to hang around your house in...

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