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A balmy day could bring unexpected visitors buzzing around the house
I have to swat enough flies during the summer, so I don’t appreciate being bothered now, too. But, unfortunately, a balmy day or two this time of year literally draws flies out of the woodwork...
This Indiana man once had “three-million head” for sale
How many times have you heard one chirping cricket and want to kill it so you could get some sleep? Crickets are music to Barry Farmer’s ears. The Leopold, Indiana, man is an entrepreneur at...
Most insects living in the wood are only a nuisance, but there are ways to keep them out
When the winter winds start blowing we bring firewood inside to burn and help keep us warm. Unfortunately, there may be insects in the wood that are more than happy to share our cozy space...
Infestations in pastures and hay fields can explode quickly.
Dry weather followed by rain in the late summer and early fall means farmers should be on the lookout for fall armyworms, said Dr. Allen Knutson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist...
Find out how you can control five damaging pests in your garden.
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...
Discovering a thick mat of brown needles underneath your evergreen tree can be quite startling
I have two evergreens in my yard that always seem to have brown needles on them somewhere. The trees aren’t very old, so it’s hard to know if I should be concerned. Extension Forester...
Millions of monarchs are flying south for the winter
One of nature’s greatest spectacles is the annual monarch butterfly migration as they fly south to their winter homes for hibernation. There are no other insects in the world that migrate twice...
Weigh your options
I have a beautiful, mature ash tree in my yard that shades the west side of my house. It’s healthy, and structurally sound. At this point, the emerald ash borer isn’t close by, but it...
This large family of tiny bees is found all over the world
When I’m working outside in the summertime, I’m often annoyed by small bees that would rather land on me than the flowers I’m tending. They’re sweat bees, and range in...