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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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Drugstore Beetle – Most Common Stored Product Pest?

Based on specimens received for identification, drugstore beetles must be the most common stored product pests in Kentucky homes. They can chew into unopened paper or cardboard boxes, as well as cellophane, plastic, and foil wrapped packages. Once inside, numbers

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Now Is the Time to Deal with Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees (Figure 1) are beginning to buzz about after spending winter as adults in the tunnels where they were raised last summer. After mating and a little spring cleaning, females will re-use their “home tunnels” (Figure 2) while the

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Clover Mites Can Be Temporary Invaders

Clover mites can be temporary nuisances in early spring. These very small, reddish-brown creatures usually appear as moving dark spots. Sheer numbers, plus the resulting red-brown stain left behind if they are crushed, make them unwelcome visitors. Clover mites do

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Termite Swarmers Have Started

Swarming is the signature activity of termite colony life. Hundreds to thousands of winged male and female termites pour out of underground nests between March and June in Kentucky. After mating, females will establish new colonies. Termite reproductives usually swarm

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Varied Carpet Beetles Head for Windows

Varied carpet beetles are 1/10-inch long black beetles with irregular patterns of white, brown, and yellow scales on their hard wing covers (Figure 1). The adults are active in early spring after completing their development indoors. Attracted to sunlight, they

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