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Brush off invasive species

June 4, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

We’ve all heard of aquatic invasive species, like zebra mussels that lurk in our lakes. But what about terrestrial invasive species that travel on land? They can be every bit as destructive yet few people know the risk.
Terrestrial invasive species have become a growing threat to Minnesota’s precious prairie and forest land. Continue Reading

Minnesota woman’s rash led to monkeypox scare on Chicago flight, son says

April 27, 2012 in West Central Tribune

RED WING, Minn. (AP) The son of a Minnesota woman says confusion about a rash she believes was caused by bed bugs prompted officials to keep passengers on her Chicago-bound flight for several hours while she was evaluated for a suspected case of monkeypox. Continue Reading

Balmy weather buzzkill: Early spring brings out the bugs

April 4, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Ticks and mosquitoes compete with over-stressed trees for attention this yearThe mild winter and early spring have kicked off an atypical growing season: It’s producing a bumper crop of unusual problems, including an outbreak of early-season ticks and mosquitoes and overstressed trees and gardens that could fall victim to ailments never before seen this far north. Continue Reading

Warm winter may bring pest-filled spring

March 6, 2012 in The Daily Republic

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The mild winter that has given many Northern farmers a break from shoveling and a welcome chance to catch up on maintenance could lead to a tough spring as many pests that would normally freeze, have not. Continue Reading

War on bedbugs gets new assist from U of M resource center

October 12, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The University of Minnesota launched its bedbug initiative for businesses and homeowners Tuesday that also includes plans to conduct seminars about the growing bedbug problem around the state. Continue Reading

Small grains at higher risk of aphid damage

June 23, 2011 in The Dickinson Press

Officials said aphid damage to small grains is at a higher risk this year because of the late planting across the state due to excess moisture and crop-damaging diseases the insects may be carrying. Continue Reading

Stink bug arrives in Minnesota, and what a landing

November 22, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

The latest invasive insect to arrive in Minnesota was found in a shipment of equipment at the plant protection division of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
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Bedbugs: Critters that bite in the night

August 30, 2010 in INFORUM

It’s the monster under the bed that nobody wants to think about, but be warned: The bedbug is back.
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Bedbugs are back in town

August 19, 2010 in Worthington Daily Globe

Roaches are also being reported in area
WORTHINGTON Bedbugs those creepy crawly critters that bite humans and suck their blood in the middle of the night are stirring up trouble in the area again. Continue Reading

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Bug bites: Fry ’em up in butter, which is better?

August 17, 2010 in INFORUM

Eating insects goes against every fiber of my Americanized culinary being.
Yet, there I found myself buttering up a black, cast-iron skillet preparing to fry up pupae of silkworm moth and other little crawly critters. Continue Reading