This 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.
The 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.
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.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Three new emerald ash borer infestations have been confirmed – one in Minneapolis, and two in St. Paul, says the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
Scorpions, crickets and other insects are inching their way into America’s diets because, as it turns out, they can actually be good for you.
The 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.
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?
Investigators are looking into a head-on crash that happened on the Hastings Bridge late Sunday evening.
Insects 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.
The mild winter and early spring that were a boon for Upper Midwest farmers are contributing to headaches they are starting to deal with now.
One of the few downsides to our mild winter is that more of those pesky bugs survived.
A teenage driver received non-life threatening injuries after rolling her vehicle and being ejected in Dent, Minn. Wednesday morning. The State Patrol says the driver said she was trying to swat at bugs in her Toyota Camry before she lost control.
A lot more than people are living in a Burnsville rental complex. On Thursday, residents told stories of insects, rodents, even amphibians inside.
The University of Minnesota has set up a resource center where homeowners and businesses can learn about fighting bedbug infestations, which have become increasingly common over the past few years.
Yard and Garden questions AND answers along with WCCO radio host Steve Thomson.