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January 20, 2022 - Filed Under: Insects, Termites

Can you tell the difference between a termite and an ant? Termites and ants share a number of similar physical characteristics, and it can be hard to distinguish between the two at first glance. Since termites can be active long before they are properly identified, mistaking them for ants could be a costly error!

A closeup of an insect being applied to a display board.
September 20, 2021 - Filed Under: Insects, Insect Identification

 

PICAYUNE, Miss. -- School groups and the public can learn all about insects and their habitats during the annual Bugfest at the Mississippi State University Crosby Arboretum in Picayune Sept. 24 and 25.

This year’s event will be modified with limited attendance to abide by health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19. People who wish to attend the fest in person must call the arboretum at 601-799-2311 to register.

Fire ants.
August 31, 2021 - Filed Under: Fire Ants, Lawn and Garden

Everyone loves a good myth buster, and we have a very timely one for you! Fire ant beds in your yard can be such a headache to deal with. Many people have used home remedies to control ants. But are those quick fixes really getting rid of the ants in your yard? Let’s take a look at some commonly used home remedies and whether or not they work! 

Stinkbug.
July 16, 2021 - Filed Under: Insects-Crop Pests, Insect Identification, Insects-Pests, Insects-Vegetable Gardens

If you have a home garden, you know the headache of dealing with garden pests. Insects can damage the produce, both directly and indirectly. There are a multitude of different insects that can wreak havoc on your vegetables. We asked MSU Extension Entomology Specialist Blake Layton what are the five most common insects he sees in gardens. Here’s his list: 

A photo of a female Asian horntail wasp.
June 30, 2021 - Filed Under: Insects, Insect Identification, Insects-Home Lawns, Insects-Pests

Mississippi is home to several flying insects that can be mistaken for the invasive Asian giant hornet discovered in Washington in 2020. Blake Layton, Mississippi State University Extension Service entomologist, said this insect, also called a “murder hornet,” has not been confirmed outside the Northwest. However, Layton said he has been contacted by people who think they have seen these hornets in Mississippi and Alabama in the last few weeks.

Fire ants around rocks
June 23, 2021 - Filed Under: Insects, Fire Ants, Insects-Vegetable Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

Do you have fire ants in your vegetable garden? Me too. Good news for all of us! There are some fire ant baits that are safe to use around food plants.

Graphic showing differences between carpenter bees and bumble bees
April 23, 2021 - Filed Under: Insects, Lawn and Garden, Insects-Home Lawns

What’s the difference between a carpenter bee and a bumble bee? A lot. They look similar, but they are very different. Find out more about the habits of each one.

A closeup of a fire ant mound.
April 6, 2021 - Filed Under: Fire Ants, Insects-Home Lawns, Turfgrass and Lawn Management

Fire ants are the most common pests of home lawns, but homeowners can manage them with the right approach, and spring is the perfect time to begin the process.

A winged, greenish insect rests on a branch.
April 5, 2021 - Filed Under: Insects, Forest Ecology

Many states are expecting an extra loud chorus of chirping cicadas this summer with the emergence of a massive 17-year brood of the insects, but Mississippi will not be part of this phenomenon.

Airtight jars of cereal, rice and flour sit in a cupboard.
March 24, 2021 - Filed Under: Healthy Homes Initiative, Food, Household Insects

We’ve experienced some spring-like weather, and that may have you thinking about refreshing some areas of your home. When you’re doing your spring cleaning, don’t overlook the kitchen pantry where stored-food pests can thrive.

March 2, 2021 - Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Insects, Floral Design

Mississippi State University Extension Service personnel were honored in February for their work in support of horticultural science.

Two caterpillars with white, black and yellow markings sit side by side on a leaf.
October 2, 2020 - Filed Under: Insects, Insects-Vegetable Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

Spring and summer bring out the insects in Mississippi lawns and gardens, but fall has its own share of pests that attack cool-season vegetables.

Close-up of a fire ant mound
September 4, 2020 - Filed Under: Fire Ants, Lawn and Garden, Insects-Home Lawns

If you want fewer fire ant beds in your yard, the best way to achieve that goal is to maintain a consistent management plan throughout the year.

Descriptive graphic explaining what webworms are and how to treat them.
August 14, 2020 - Filed Under: Insects, Insects-Home Lawns, Insects-Pests, Trees

If you’ve noticed spiderwebs in your pecan trees, chances are they’re not spiders. They’re fall webworms.

An emerald ash borer sits on a green leaf.
July 16, 2020 - Filed Under: Insects, Insects-Home Lawns, Insects-Pests, Trees, Urban and Community Forestry

Do you have ash trees or white fringe trees in your home landscape? If you do and you love them, you should be on the lookout for the emerald ash borer.

Liquid drench is poured from a watering can on a fire ant bed.
May 21, 2020 - Filed Under: Fire Ants, Insects-Home Lawns

This is the time of year to start a good fire ant management plan that can reduce the number of beds in your yard by 80 to 90 percent.

Closeup of someone spraying mosquito repellent on their arm.
May 14, 2020 - Filed Under: Insects-Human Pests, Insects-Pet Pests, Household Insects

With all the rain we’ve had this year, mosquitoes have plenty of places to breed. But you can take some easy steps to keep their numbers down.

A gray caterpillar covered in tiny brown spines hangs upside down on a green leaf.
April 21, 2020 - Filed Under: Insects-Human Pests, Insects

Mississippi does not have to deal with plagues of locusts like those ravaging other parts of the world, but it does have to contend with a stinging caterpillar that is on the increase this spring.

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