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Millipede Invasions

Millipedes are common arthropods that provide a valuable service by breaking down organic materials, such as dead leaves and grass clippings, to recycle nutrients into the environment. But they can also become a nuisance when they gather by the thousands

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Springtails are Common

Last week, there were a few reports of springtails, otherwise known as Collembola, in gardens and a home. Springtails are minute, wingless insects that can jump when disturbed. They are common in low numbers on soil and in leaf litter,

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Spring Clover Mites

Warming weather begins to bring out some unwanted insect and mite activity. One harbinger of spring is clover mite. Clover mites are accidental invaders that can be a nuisance during early spring; we have had several reports of them recently.

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug on the Move

Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) numbers were higher in much of the Eastern half of the state this summer than other areas. With the start of fall, they have been gathering on the sides of buildings in the afternoons on

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Creatures after the Rains

Frequent rains favor several arthropods that do well under humid or wet conditions. These include springtails, pillbugs, gnats, and millipedes. Springtails Springtails (small, wingless insects that hop, Figure 1) are among the most numerous soil arthropods. There are several species

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Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees chew ½-inch diameter tunnels that follow the wood’s grain. Females may use their strong mandibles to extend galleries by more than ½-inch per day. After construction, females spend much of May gathering pollen and nectar that is fashioned

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Clover Mites

Clover mites are accidental invaders that can be a temporary nuisance during early spring. These tiny, reddish-brown creatures have very long front legs and appear as moving dark spots to the naked eye. Sheer numbers, plus the resulting red-brown stain

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