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West Nile Virus – 2018

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as of August 7 2018, human cases of West Nile virus have been diagnosed in the neighboring states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia,. In addition, non-human cases (birds or mosquitoes)

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Bumble Bee Stings

Bumble bees are peaceful, industrious insects that provide valuable pollination services. However, the queen and workers will use their stingers to defend themselves or their nest if disturbed. While the barbed stinger of the honey bee allows only one thrust,

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“Seed Tick / Turkey Mite” Season Underway

Tiny lone star tick larvae (also called “seed ticks” or “turkey mites”) are active now. Hundreds recently emerged from egg masses deposited by females climbing vegetation to await passing hosts.  Reaction to multiple bites cause painful itching that can last

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Paper Wasps, Hornets, and Yellowjackets

Paper wasps, hornets, and yellowjackets are social insects that build nests of chewed plant fibers and salivary secretions.  The nests include cells in which wasp larvae are reared on a diet consisting of caterpillars and other insects captured as the

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Kissing Bugs

A recent rash of calls and pictures of kissing bugs from various counties indicate that this insect is active. The eastern conenose bug is a species of kissing bug that lives throughout Kentucky. These insects can be found in or

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Expect Midges and Gnats after Rains

‘Midge’ and ‘gnat’ are common names for many species of small, non-biting flies resembling mosquitoes. They can be nuisances following extend rainy periods. Large mating swarms often appear about dusk. Irritation comes when many of the small flies land on

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Chiggers

Chiggers are the immature stage of certain mites that live in overgrown brushy or grassy areas, especially where small rodents are abundant. People pick up chiggers while in shady, humid areas near stream banks, under or around trees, or in

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