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    It Wouldn’t Be Summer Without Some Earwigs, Right?

    Recently, areas of Eastern and Western South Dakota have received large amounts of rain. For some, these rain events have resulted in indoor and outdoor property flooding. In addition to property damage, these rains have also made the conditions perfect for one of South Dakota’s nuisance insect pests: earwigs.

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    It Wouldn’t Be Summer Without Some Earwigs, Right?

    Recently, areas of Eastern and Western South Dakota have received large amounts of rain. For some, these rain events have resulted in indoor and outdoor property flooding. In addition to property damage, these rains have also made the conditions perfect for one of South Dakota’s nuisance insect pests: earwigs.

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    It Wouldn’t Be Summer Without Some Earwigs, Right?

    Recently, areas of Eastern and Western South Dakota have received large amounts of rain. For some, these rain events have resulted in indoor and outdoor property flooding. In addition to property damage, these rains have also made the conditions perfect for one of South Dakota’s nuisance insect pests: earwigs.

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    Houseplants 101: 7 Reasons Your Houseplant is Not Thriving

    So, you want to grow a house plant? Maybe you received a beautiful orchid as gift from a friend, or your mother-in-law has given you her beloved snake plant to take care of while she spends the winter in Florida. You may even be interested in growing a plant in your home purely for your own enjoyment. Whatever the reason, you are having doubts about your ability to care for this plant properly, as your past record is less than stellar. Remember what happened to the last plant that you tried to grow?

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    Houseplant Pest Problems Likely to Increase

    Many gardeners like to save some plants from Jack Frost by bringing some plants in from the flower garden or moved some of those container gardens indoors. Others took cuttings of their favorite plants, get them rooted and continue to enjoy them on their windowsills over the winter. Whatever you like to do, it probably means that your limited indoor gardening spaces will become more heavily populated with plants than they were during the summer months. As plants are more closely packed together, the greater the likelihood that pest problems may spread from one plant to another and also a plant that had a minor pest problem outdoors, may suffer a more significant infestation inside the home.

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    Earwig Management at Home

    The wet conditions in the Southeast portion of the state this spring resulted in a large number of earwigs showing up in homes and gardens. Earwigs are very distinctive and are often feared by onlookers due to the pincer or forceps appendages present at the end of their body, but they are not harmful to humans. The pincers (called cerci) are used for defense, but earwigs do not seek out humans to attack.

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