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Emerald Ash Borer Strikes Again

EAB KnodelEmerald Ash Borer has been confirmed again in the state of Nebraska.  Find out what that means for your beloved ash trees, what you should be doing now, and what you can hold off for a little while longer. Continue reading

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Good Night, Try To Sleep Tight…

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Bed Bug Comparison by life stages. Photo by Jody Green

There may be more to the whole ‘Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite’ bedtime rhyme than you think.  A recent survey has shown an increase in the areas’ bed bug population.  So what exactly do these insect look like and how can you prevent their dreaded bite? Continue reading


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Ahh… Its the Attack of the Pirate Bugs & Psyllids

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Minute Pirate Bug. A tiny terror with a big bite.

We are all trying to make the most of these last warm fall days.  While enjoying the last little bit of warm weather, tiny terrors seem to be everywhere.  Find out what the little insects are up to and how you can keep from going nuts. Continue reading


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Wolf Spiders, Crickets, & Boxelder Bugs… Oh My!

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‘Furry’ Wolf Spiders

It’s here. It’s here.  Fall is officially here!  Bring on the pumpkin spice flavored everything and changing leaves, and who could forget the migrating wolf spiders and crickets.  Not exactly what you had in mind for a peaceful fall?  Find out how to start preparing now to keep these invaders from making themselves at home in your home. Continue reading


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The Painted Lady Parade

Painted Lady Butterfly. Photo courtesy of CropWatch

Thistle Butterfly, Cosmopolitan, or Painted Lady Butterfly; no matter what you call them, the parade has been spectacular this year.  This year has been a good year to see hundreds of butterflies fluttering around. Continue reading


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Bewildered by Bagworms?

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Evergreen bagworms on juniper. Photo courtesy Digital Diagnostic network.

Webworms & bagworms… are they the same thing? If not, why does it make a difference whether you have bagworms or webworms?  It can make a big difference which insect you have to control and the damage that they cause.  Correct identification is key to knowing how to control these pests.  Continue reading


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Tiny Terrors: The Voracious Japanese Beetle

japanesebeetlesoybeanThey’re baaaaccck!! That’s right, the Japanese beetles are back.  What exactly is a Japanese beetle and why should we be concerned?  Knowing a little bit about these tiny terrors will help keep your landscape from becoming their next meal. Continue reading