As the weather turns cooler, we’re all spending more time indoors — including the critters we’d rather keep outdoors. Mice are working their way into homes around the metro. It’s so bad, one company says their calls are up 35 percent over years past.
Officials said Thursday they’re encouraged with initial results from an effort to kill zebra mussels infesting Christmas Lake west of Minneapolis. The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District used the bacteria-based pesticide Zequanox to treat the area around the public boat access on the suburban lake earlier this month. The district said Thursday that it appears to have killed all the zebra mussels in the 50-foot by 60-foot treatment area.
As spring approaches, bug experts say now is the best time for Minnesotans to look for signs of emerald ash borer. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture urges homeowners to search their ash trees for potential infestations, especially those in and near the quarantined counties of Hennepin, Ramsey, Houston and Winona. Entomologist Mark Abrahamson says it’s an ideal time for homeowners to go into their yards and look.
Over the next eight years, Minneapolis will remove 40,000 ash trees from parks and boulevards, part of a $9-million initiative that began in January to eliminate the emerald ash borer. The beetle has killed millions of trees in the U.S., and has invaded neighborhoods across the Twin Cities. Ralph Sievert, director of forestry for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, says the idea is to phase them out over a period of time.
Three new emerald ash borer infestations have been confirmed – one in Minneapolis, and two in St. Paul, says the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
Carpenter ants are creating problems for homeowners. The insects can chew away portions of the wood in your home, just like termites.
Officials are planning to release stingless wasps near St. Paul’s stately Summit Avenue to combat a newly discovered infestation of emerald ash borers.
St. Paul officials plan to remove about 1,300 ash trees to help in the fight against the emerald ash borer.
Five students were reportedly sent home from a school in the Edina School District after it was found they had head lice.