When it comes to household pests, there is one insect that can make almost anyone cringe: bed bugs. These tiny vampire-like critters are pests of humans and can become a huge problem when they infest homes.
One of the insects that we have been receiving reports of is the bumble flower beetle. These beetles are most often described as being a large, noisy beetle that resembles a June beetle.
One of our most frequently asked insect questions this year was about the foreign grain beetle. These small, reddish-brown beetles seem to appear out of nowhere inside homes.
Every fall, we get numerous reports of structures being invaded by large numbers of small worm-like insects. As it turns out, the invaders are actually millipedes, which aren’t insects. Millipedes have four legs per body segment, and the common one-inch long millipede has 160 legs total.
In a September 19, 2018 press release, the South Dakota Department of Health indicated that West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes were detected in Beadle, Brookings, Brown, Custer, Davison, Hughes, Lincoln, Minnehaha and Stanley counties. Viremic blood donors (i.e., tested positive for West Nile Virus) have been detected in Brown, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, Lawrence, Minnehaha, Pennington, Potter, Spink, Todd and Tripp counties.
The multicolored Asian lady beetle is a non-native species of lady beetle that many people utterly detest. Although this particular insect is beneficial by eating aphids, particularly soybean aphids, it also comes with many downsides.
Indian meal moths, also referred to as pantry moths, are a common pest of stored food products. The larvae of this insect feed on a variety of products including grains, nuts, cereals, dried fruit, bird seed, and even pet food.
Many people live by the tenet that the only good insect is a dead insect, and that insects and other arthropods should only live outdoors. Under this assumption, any arthropod or insect that crosses the threshold requires immediate control, either by swatting, squishing, or spraying with an insecticide.
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.