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Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs

Perhaps you have noticed more of these critters in your home this season? This fellow is known as the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. Like box elders, they tend to cluster around homes in the late fall. The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is an invasive species originating from Asia, similar to the Asian lady beetle. It has few predators here in the United States, so in the past decade it has spread across the Midwest at an alarming rate. The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is an agricultural pest; it feeds on plants and can cause massive damage to a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and other valuable crops in Michigan. 2016 was a record year for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug sightings, with one home reporting over 25,000! As a home invader, most Michigan residents will notice the stinkbugs showing up in early fall. As the weather begins to cool, the stinkbugs…

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs
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Meet the Root Weevil

Have you found any of these crawling around your house recently? This is the root weevil. Weevils are a type of beetle; the root weevil – also known as a strawberry weevil – is common to much of Canada and the northern United States. They are black and about 1/4 inch long. They can easily be mistaken for ticks, but they can be distinguished from ticks by their three body segments (ticks only have two), and their long antennae (ticks do not have any). Root weevils are usually not much of a nuisance, but they tend to show up in hot, dry summers, like the one we are currently in (2016). In nature, they are drawn to strawberry plants, rhododendron, raspberry, clover, and any number of common nursery or garden plants. They usually do not get into homes, save when it gets very dry and hot; they seem to be attracted…

Root Weevil
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12 Tips to Deter Insect Activity

Deterring insect activity is significantly more challenging than animal prevention, simply because insects can get into openings so small that it is not realistic to seal them all; in many cases they are not even discernible to the naked eye. With insects, exclusion is not entirely possible; rather, you are looking at reducing conditions conducive to insect problems. In this article, we will look at some ways to deter insect activity. 1. Reduce Use of Mulch Around Your Foundation Mulch is any layer of organic material applied to the surface of the soil. Its purpose is to improve the fertility of the soil by adding nutrients and conserving moisture. Because mulch conserves moisture, mulch beds make attractive nesting sites for insects, especially earwigs, but also centipedes, roly-poly bugs, and spiders. When people mulch gardens that abut the foundation of their home, it is inevitable that the insects nesting in the…

Deter Insects
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