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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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Asian Giant Hornet Collected in Washington State

The Asian giant hornet, Vespa mandarinia, was collected at a farm in Blaine, Washington and the USDA has confirmed the identification.  Blaine, Washington is located in the northwestern corner of Washington on the Canadian border. This hornet specimen was found

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The Red Velvet Ant: Not Delicious nor Cuddly

Velvet ants are striking insects; they are memorable and interesting due to their fuzzy appearance and bright coloration. Their name is a bit of a misnomer though; they are not actually ants at all but are wasps. Their family name

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Yellowjackets: Stinging Sugar Bandits

Fast Facts Yellowjackets are social wasps that often build their nests below ground in abandoned rodent burrows but can also use wall voids, stone walls, attics, gutters, and other spaces. Yellowjacket wasps do not have barbed stingers like honey bees

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Asian Longhorn Tick Confirmed in Kentucky

The first confirmed detection of Asian longhorn tick in Kentucky occurred on July 15, 2018; the tick was collected from a research elk in Martin County. This was both a new state record and a new host record for this

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Blacklegged Tick Adults Active during Winter

Adult blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) search for blood meals during the winter months (November through March). These cold-hardy ticks can be active whenever the temperature is above freezing. The female has long mouthparts and a distinctive orange-red body with a

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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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