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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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On the Way Out

Several insects that overwinter in protected places, including houses and other buildings, are on their way out now. There is not a lot to do at this point other than clean up any accessible accumulations of dead individuals that could

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Christmas Tree Inhabitants May Wake-up

A number of arthropods live on Christmas trees while others may use them for winter shelter. Most are inactive or sluggish at outdoor temperatures but become active when their tree is brought indoors. The awakening can cause some alarm but

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Fall Invaders

Beetles, bugs, and flies are some of the creatures actively seeking protected overwintering sites as days get shorter and cooler. Many produce stains or unpleasant odors if crushed. Scavengers, such as carpet beetles, can be attracted to accumulations of insects

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