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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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Pantry Pests

Indian meal moth is one of the most common stored product insect pests. The adults are small but distinctive 1/2-inch long moths. Two-thirds of the front pair of wings is reddish-brown while the remaining third is light gray (Figure 1).

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Firewood Insects

You may notice sawdust piles developing on or under firewood that has been indoors for several days. You may even find some insects that have emerged from them. While this may be alarming, these are not rare events and seldom

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Accidental Invaders

Winter is an inhospitable season for cold-blooded arthropods that survive year-round in Kentucky. Most accomplish this in an innocuous fashion–out-of-sight and out-of-mind. Unfortunately, several species of these “accidental invaders” enter structures seeking shelter from the elements. While they come from

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Insects May Bore but Are Never Boring

Carpenter Bees Carpenter bees chew nice round holes in soft, weathered wood. Some solitary bees and wasps even create brood-rearing tunnels in soft mortar between bricks. These seem mundane after seeing the handiwork or an unknown bright green wasp or

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