While going through my garden this week, I noticed some strange activity on some of my nearly ripe tomatoes. Upon closer inspection, I realized that some of the tomatoes had damage that pierced the skin, and that there were small black beetles present in the wounds.
For many of us, our zucchini, squash, or pumpkin plants might not be looking so great this time of the year. Personally, my zucchini plants have many leaves that are beginning to wilt, leaving them appearing as if they have simply given up.
Every year we get several questions about large black or grey beetles with very large black eyes. The last clue is what normally helps us make an identification of this particular insect – the eyed click beetle.
In an August 8, 2018 press release, the South Dakota Department of Health indicated that mosquitoes that testing positive for West Nile Virus were detected in Beadle, Brookings, Brown, Davison, Hughes, Lincoln, Minnehaha and Stanley counties in South Dakota.
There have been numerous reports of carpenter ant activity across South Dakota this summer. The concern with carpenter ants is that they can become a structural pest if they nest in homes or other buildings.
There are over 20 species of mosquitoes that call South Dakota home. In an effort to keep track of mosquito population densities and the incidence of West Nile Virus, mosquitoes are closely monitored through trapping efforts.
A common call this time of year is about small, black insects usually crawling up bathroom walls, hanging out in basements, or showing up in other parts of the house. These insects usually turn out to be either root weevils the imported longhorned weevil.
During summer, you may come across some rather large flies that are often carrying other insects. Although these flies may appear threatening, and sometimes even mimic other insects such as bees or wasps, they are generally benign to humans.
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.
Once again, the ringing song of cicadas can be heard in trees throughout South Dakota. Although cicadas aren’t much of a concern, their arrival indicates that it’s time for cicada killers to be active as well. Each year, we receive numerous reports of large scary wasps that are terrorizing home owners.