You're a Mean One... Mr. Recluse?

 

It's the holiday season (the holiday season...) and many are digging in attics and basements for decorations and bows, stored sweaters, coats and yes... SNOW boots.  Inevitably, Extension offices receive calls about the unfortunate spider (or stink bug) that was found, dead or alive, while sifting through packages, boxes or bags that haven't seen the light of day for a year.  The question is, "Is it a brown recluse?"

 

 

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Ashley Kulhanek

An Unusual Insect-Killing Fungus

I received an e-mail message this past Wednesday from Tom Macy (ODNR) concerning efforts to discover locations of the non-native elongate hemlock scale in Ohio and other states. His message included two attached images taken by Bill Laubscher (Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry) on November 20 that showed both the scale as well as odd looking blackened accretions on hemlock needles.
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Joe Boggs

An Icy Awakening

The Tri-State region in southwest Ohio experienced an ice storm overnight this past Wednesday. Although the official accumulation of ice due to freezing rain reported at the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport was only 0.22", the number of homes and businesses in Greater Cincinnati without power yesterday morning exceeded 200,000. Why such a high impact from only 1/4" of ice?
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Joe Boggs

Strengthen Your Diagnostic Skills Through Learning

I recently heard "snowflakes" are in the forecast. As temperatures drop, it is a great time to get indoors, increase knowledge, network and earn credits. One of those opportunities in December is the OSU Green Industry Short Course held in conjunction with the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation's (OTF) Conference and Tradeshow. It is one registration that covers three days of training broken out into different educational tracks.
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Amy Stone

Ohio Turfgrass Conference and Tradeshow and OSU Short Course - December 4 - 6, 2018

The season is winding down and now is the time to plan your educational opportunities - learn the latest, earn credits and network with others in the industry. The Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and Tradeshow in cooperation with the Ohio State University Green Industry Short Course will be held on December 4 - 6 at the Columbus Convention Center.
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Amy Stone

New Ohio State App Helps Users Identify, Prevent and Control Bed Bugs

Not sure if the dark speck that crawled across your desk at work was a bed bug? Wondering if the tiny insect you saw on the seat next to you at the movie theater or on the bus was a bed bug? How about that fleck you thought you saw on the corner of the mattress the last time you stayed in a hotel? A researcher at The Ohio State University has created a free new app to help you figure it out.
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Kissing Cousin Bugs

I've received four e-mail messages since late last week from concerned Ohio homeowners who asked about controlling kissing bugs. However, two included images of western conifer seed bugs which is a type of leaffooted bug. One message had images of boxelder bugs and one person included a very nice picture of a wheel bug found on their porch.
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Joe Boggs