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Thrips Can Be Cause of “Mystery Bites” and “Pool Miseries”

Thrips are tiny plant-feeding insects that leave pastures, hay fields, or grassy areas in large numbers immediately after these areas are mowed. The tiny insects can fly or be blown by winds to end up in yards or around swimming

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Tick Season Is Underway

Tick season is underway, so it is important to take precautions to protect yourself from bites. Check yourself every 2 hours while in areas were ticks are known or likely to be present and very thoroughly after returning home from

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Thwart Ticks Through: 1 Repellents, 2 Early Detection, and 3 Prompt Removal

The lone star tick and the American dog tick (Figure 1) are the most common tick species found on humans and companion animals in Kentucky. These ticks are significant threats to everyone who works, plays, hunts, hikes, or camps in

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Watch For Blacklegged Ticks

Adult blacklegged ticks seek hosts from November through March. They are active whenever the temperature is above about 40oF. Females (Figure 1) take blood meals from a variety of hosts, including humans and companion animals. Blacklegged ticks have been noticeably

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Tree Chiggers: Oak Leaves with a Bite

Dealing with chiggers is never pleasant but is an expected risk taken when venturing into tall grass during mid- to late summer. Unfortunately, there are other ways to have chigger-like experiences. The oak leaf itch mite can give the same

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Watch Out for Flannel Moth Caterpillars

There are several species of flannel caterpillars that may be encountered. The ones most commonly reported in Central and Eastern Kentucky are the black wave flannel moth caterpillar and the white flannel moth caterpillar.  Both have painful stinging hairs if

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Wasp and Bee Magnets

Fallen, rotting fruit, along with plants infested with aphids and other sap-feeding insects, attract yellow jackets, hornets, paper wasps, bees, and flies that are looking for a late season “sweet fix.” Management Options Here are some ways to try to

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