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Asian Jumping Worms Will Have You Jumping… but not for joy.

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Jumping worm adult with characteristic clitellum, which is light colored, flush with body, and encircles the entire body (Photo: J. Green)

Autumn is officially here. For many of us that means jumping for joy, for pumpkin spice latte, cozy sweaters, and cooler temperatures. There is another jumping thing that won’t bring as much joy into our lives as the lattes. Continue reading


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Ahhh… Its the Attack of the Japanese Beetle

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Japanese Beetles on soybean plant, Photo by Roger Schmidt, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bugwood.org

They’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


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Pine Wilt Woes

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Tree on the far left was killed by pine wilt.

There is a problem affecting pine trees in Nebraska, pine wilt.  Pine wilt is caused by a tiny organism that can produce big problems.  With a little education you can be well informed on this problem and know what to do if it happens. 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