Using Sweet Grass To Repel MosquitoesThis is the time of year mosquitoes most often transmit the West Nile virus. But there is an all-natural way to prevent mosquito bites by using sweet grass. Native Americans have used sweet grass for centuries for ceremonial purposes and weaving.
With Snow Gone, The Battle Against Mosquitoes BeginsThe snow is finally gone, which can only mean that it's time to get ready for mosquito season. Helicopters with the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District were already out and spraying for the pests on Tuesday.
Good Question: What Bug's Creating All That Late Summer Buzz?Over the past few weeks, you might have been hearing a loud buzzing sound outside. It sounds like buzzing power lines, but it’s actually an insect we usually start hearing in Minnesota in July. “All the buzzing is cicadas,” said U of M Extension Entomologist Jeffrey Hahn. He said he heard from so many people about the cicadas at the U of M Extension State Fair booth that he decided to write an article about it.
Mpls. Urges Residents To Water TreesThe City of Minneapolis is urging residents to water their trees every week throughout the rest of the summer and fall. City officials say yard and boulevard trees should receive at least an inch of water every week in which it doesn’t rain. The heavy rainfall from spring and early summer, coupled with the extremely dry conditions that followed, has stressed trees - making them vulnerable to disease and insects.
Mosquitoes Are Worse This Summer In Some PartsThe tiny mosquito all too often has man on the run. And this summer, it seems even worse than usual. Experts say it's been a buggier-than-normal summer in many places around the U.S. because of a combination of drought, heavy rain and heat.
What Our Firefly & Mosquito Booms Have In CommonThe glow of a firefly is much more appreciated than the sound of a mosquito buzzing around your head. But Dr. Susan Weller, director of the Bell Museum, says the reason we're seeing more of each bug this summer could be one in the same. "Our very cold spring slowed down the development of our early summer fireflies, so they're emerging now," Weller said.
3 New EAB Infestations ConfirmedThree new emerald ash borer infestations have been confirmed – one in Minneapolis, and two in St. Paul, says the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
Chef Insists Bugs Are Nutritious, DeliciousScorpions, crickets and other insects are inching their way into America's diets because, as it turns out, they can actually be good for you.
Bees Attack Day Care Kids In St. PaulThe St. Paul Fire Department says 11 daycare kids and two adults were walking along Mississippi River Boulevard late Wednesday morning when they were attacked by a swarm of bees.
Good Question: Why Are Bugs Attracted To Light?We all know that bugs are even worse at night when the street lamps come on or the front porch light. So why are bugs attracted to light?
Crash On Mayfly-Covered Hastings BridgeInvestigators are looking into a head-on crash that happened on the Hastings Bridge late Sunday evening.
Best Ways To Banish Pests From Your GardenInsects in your flower and vegetable gardens can be quite the pests, though some can also be helpful. Holly Wagner talked with Susie Bachman of Bachman's Floral & Garden Center to get answers to your questions about bugs.