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With Snow Gone, The Battle Against Mosquitoes Begins

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.

04/23/2014

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With Spring’s Arrival, Bugs Are Out In Full Force

When you were wishing for warmer weather, you may have overlooked this small fact: Warm weather brings out the bugs. Right now, pest experts say they’re getting a lot of calls from homeowners about box elder bugs and carpenter ants.

04/29/2013

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Wasp Boom Puts Homeowners On Edge

Wasps can put fear in both kids and adults, with a sting that most try hard to avoid. But avoiding wasps is a tough task this summer due to a boom in their numbers.

08/20/2012

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Best Ways To Banish Pests From Your Garden

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.

05/29/2012

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Upper Midwest Farmers Have Unique Problems

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.

05/25/2012

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Good Question: What Good Do Ticks Do?

There are 13 species of ticks lurking in Minnesota lawns and our forests. So, is there anything good about ticks? Good Question.

04/18/2012

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In Minnesota, Bugs Back Earlier Than Expected

The early arrival of spring also means the early arrival of all those pesky bugs.

03/22/2012

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Minnesotans Urged Not To Let Pests Invade Homes

The state Agriculture Department is telling Minnesotans not to let pests into their homes this holiday season — and they’re not talking about relatives.

11/29/2011

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Northfield Copes With Beaver Boom

From spiders to mice, there has been a population boom among all types of pests this year. Now it seems we can now add beavers to that list.

10/12/2011

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‘U’ Helps Fight Back Against Bedbugs

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.

10/12/2011

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State To Release Wasps To Fight Emerald Ash Borers

Officials are planning to release stingless wasps near St. Paul’s stately Summit Avenue to combat a newly discovered infestation of emerald ash borers.

09/30/2011

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DeBlog: How Do Fruit Flies Get In My House?

Lately I’ve been dealing with some uninvited houseguests in my apartment — fruit flies. It seems like they’re everywhere right now. That got me wondering, where do fruit flies come from?

07/29/2011

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Stop Critters From Eating Your Garden Before You Do

How do you keep animals from eating the vegetables in your garden before you do?

06/23/2011