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Time for Termites!

Termite season has begun in Kentucky!  To assist homeowners in addressing this growing problem, this article provides basic information on termite biology and control. That said, this article is intended to be a quick reference guide to answer the most

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Leggy Oddities: House Centipedes in the Home

Over the winter, some folks might see a wiggly and weird house guest in their basements or on the ground floors of their home. These are house centipedes, and while native to the Mediterranean, are now found worldwide in various

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Buggy Gifts Inside the Christmas Tree

If your household celebrates Christmas and prefers to do it with a natural tree, you may end up bringing in more than just a beautiful evergreen. There are several kinds of insects and arachnids that may be hiding on the

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Fighting Fungus Gnats

Fungus gnat fast facts Fungus gnats are flies that utilize damp soil to lay their eggs; once the eggs hatch, maggots will emerge to feed on fungi and organic matter Fungus gnats are annoying and may sometimes cause minor root

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Awooo! Wolf Spiders of Kentucky

Wolf spiders get a bad rap. They are common spiders, found under logs and rocks, as well as in open areas. They are also active hunters, meaning that they don’t spin a web like some of their more famous relatives.

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The Fall Field Cricket, a Singing Invader

According to the calendar, we are entering the autumnal portion of 2019, even if it definitely doesn’t feel like it here in Kentucky. Hopefully, temperatures will start dropping soon and we can enjoy apple picking, pumpkin carving, and cricket singing!

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Protect Your Home from Fall Invaders

Despite the early August-like temperatures this week, days are noticeably shortening as fall approaches. Shorter day length is a trigger for many insects to begin searching for protected places to pass the winter, and for some insects, that can mean

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Four Fall Invaders to Prepare for

As insects prepare for winter, they must try and survive the changes in temperature that are coming. Some may migrate to warmer places, some can survive being frozen, but a few see your home as a toasty timeshare they can

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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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