Get Ready for a Little Breaking and Entering boggs.47 Thu, 10/11/2018 - 14:18
Our drop in temperatures throughout Ohio will no doubt convince fall home invading insects that it's time to seek winter quarters. These unwelcomed guests typically include Boxelder Bugs; Western Conifer Seed Bugs; Magnolia Seed Bugs; Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles; and the most notorious of all, Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs.
Calico Scale Crawlers Move to Stems boggs.47 Thu, 10/11/2018 - 11:03
Infestations of the non-native Calico Scale can be difficult to detect during the growing season. However, clusters of crawlers on blackened stems coupled with dead females are key diagnostic features for spotting calico scale at this time of the year.
I received a container of ground cayenne peppers with a surprise far greater than the capsaicin kick. The product was heavily infested with cigarette beetles. The homeowner noted they hadn't used the product for some time. However, they had noticed small brown beetles buzzing around their home and collecting on their window seals.
Oak bullet galls have reached their maximum size for the season and will soon release their developing female wasps. The galls arise from twigs and are produced under the direction of several species of cynipid wasps (family Cynipidae). So, you may find different types of bullet galls depending on the exact gall-making wasp species that directed their creation.