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Stinging Ants in Kentucky

Ants bite! And several in Kentucky can also deliver a painful sting. Just like their close bee and wasp relatives, it is only the female ants that are equipped with stingers for defense. Fortunately with ants, only a few species

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The Dog Tick Days of Summer

While black legged ticks and Lyme disease get all of the headlines, it is important to remember that there are other tick species that call Kentucky home. Two of those species, the American dog tick and the lone star tick,

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Managing Mosquitoes in Kentucky

Mosquito season is in full swing throughout the Commonwealth. Mosquitoes are a perennial nuisance for which there is no easy answer. As summer continues, there will be lots of information (both good and bad) about what works and what doesn’t.

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Kentuckians Finding Bloodsucking Conenoses

Human pests Recently, multiple inquiries have come in regarding eastern bloodsucking conenoses found in or near homes. These Kentucky kissing bugs often stir up a lot of negative feelings when they are found, as people fear they may have been

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It’s Chiggers Time!

One of the most annoying pests of the summer is chiggers. Chiggers are the immature stage of a parasitic mite that feeds on other arthropods when it becomes an adult. Chigger bites are often the result of working or spending

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EPA IPM Webinar: Mosquito Trapping – Right Trap, Right Place

Today (May 18), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a webinar for credit on mosquito trapping. Vector control for mosquitoes involves strategies for trapping, monitoring, identifying and sorting the mosquitoes. This free webinar will emphasize the importance of matching

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Tennessee Expands Imported Fire Ant Quarantine Northward to Kentucky Border

Recently, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture expanded the number of counties under Imported Fire Ant (IFA) quarantine.  This is significant for Kentucky as IFA is continuing to move northward and several of the newly quarantined counties are on the Kentucky

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Giant Wasps Swarming My Lawn!

The UK Department of Entomology receives numerous calls about large wasps swarming over lawns in late July through August. These are often very large cicada killer wasps. While a nest is made by a single female cicada killer wasp, they

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Asian Longhorned Tick: A New Tick in Town

Ticks are always a concern for those of us who like to go outside to hike or hunt and for those of us who work in outdoor settings. Ticks are annoying blood thieves and they are also potent disease vectors,

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Managing Mosquitoes

As we move into the heart of the summer months, mosquito activity often begins to increase. That can mean more hungry mosquitoes searching for blood meals! There are a number of practices we can adopt to reduce the number of

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Gnats in My Garden!

Individually, midges and gnats would hardly be noticed in the garden, but when they form large clouds or swarms, that attracts attention. As many of these species look like mosquitoes, this also increases concerns of gardeners. Midges and gnats are

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Asian Needle Ant in Kentucky, Another Stinging Threat

Asian needle ant is another in a long list of invasive insect pests that have arrived in Kentucky. Last week, we had reports of people being stung by them in a home located in South Central Kentucky, but we also

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Revisiting the European Hornet in Kentucky

With the concern about the Aisan giant hornet reports in Washington State, there have been dozens if not hundreds of suspected reports to county offices and our department from across Kentucky. None of these were the Asian giant hornet, instead

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Asian Giant Hornet in the News, but Not Kentucky

As previously reported in a KPN article, there is a USDA confirmed identification of Asian giant hornet (Figure 1) from a farm in Blaine, Washington. This is the first and only confirmed identification in the United States.  Blaine, Washington is

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Blacklegged Ticks Keep on Ticking Regardless of Winter

When people think of ticks, they often think of them as a spring or summertime problem. This is the case for two of our common Kentucky ticks, the lone star tick and the American dog tick. Adults of these species

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