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Calhoun County 2020 EMG Basic Training Exercise - Flying Ants

At our cottage in Clare County we had a group of flying ants in the track of the sliding glass door. There were approx. 30-40 of them. This occurred in the Fall, and I'm not sure how they got in. We sprayed with ant spray and haven't seen them again, but are concerned that they may be termites? I Googled it at the time and thought they looked like flying ants from my research, and I wish I would have taken a photo of them. Do I have reason for concern?
Amy Tuttle

Calhoun County Michigan insects household pests aabi Posted 13 days ago

Insect Identification

Saw this pretty little thing in my garden this year and wonder what it is and what it does.

Calhoun County Michigan insects gardening aabi Posted 14 days ago

Are these the same insect?

I saw on an MSU site that the insect NOT in the grass is rarely seen. (The pic with the pink zinnia in the background, I snagged from the article, off of the computer ) So when I saw the insect in the grass live and in person, I took a photo wondering if I had just witnessed a rare thing, making me feel like a true gardener. lol. Maybe I just found a normal Grasshopper?

Calhoun County Michigan insect issues gardening insect identification aabi Posted 14 days ago

What Dauber is this who laid to rest and what spider will he be eating?

My title almost sounds like a Christmas song that I know. lol Anyway, I was just curious if he could be identified and what his prey consists of.

Calhoun County Michigan insects gardening aabi Posted 14 days ago

"Calhoun County 2020 EMG Basic Training Exercise - Best Way to Keep Asian Lady Beetles Out"

Every Spring Asian Lady Beetles find there way into our home. It is a yearly ritual trying to get rid of them but to little avail. They come back every without fail. The fact that our house is white vinyl siding is not helpful, I realize, but is there a preventative measure or more permanent solution?

Calhoun County Michigan insect issues gardening asian lady beetle aabi Posted 14 days ago

Calhoun County 2020 EMG Basic Training Exercise - Fruit Flies be gone!

Hello!

It has been an especially challenging year for fruit flies in my kitchen. I am a collector of veggie scraps to compost and try to keep the bin covered. I've tried several DIY traps that are somewhat effective. Thoughts on best ways to get rid of them one and for all?
Thanks!
Andrea Herrst

Eaton County Michigan insects fruit flies household pests composting aabi Posted 14 days ago

White Pine

Is there any other tree besides the red pine with 2 needles, that has five needles and looks like a white pine?

Thank you♡

Oakland County Michigan trees and shrubs gardening aabi Posted 14 days ago

hollyhock pest; calhoun co EMG training exercise fall 2020

I was so happy to see several hollyhocks grow from seeds at my house this year and look forward to future years' blossoms. However I hae noticed some weird things happening to some leaves. First there were wandering paths of a lighter geen on some leaves. It was really a pretty design but I figured it might be an insect. I could not see any insect. My son sprayed neem oil on some of them, which didn't seem to help. Now some of the leaves have tiny yellow polkadots. On the underside they are raised, like a pimple. Do you now what they might be? I don't think i know how to send you a picture but if needed I'll ask my step-daughter for help.
Do you now what this is? And what I should do ?
Thank you, MM

Ingham County Michigan gardening flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials aabi Posted 14 days ago

Calhoun County 2020 EMG Basic Training Exercise

What kinds of ways can we reduce the number of stink bugs in our yard/porch/home? Sarah Jewett

Calhoun County Michigan insects gardening stink bugs aabi Posted 14 days ago

Calhoun County 2020 EMG Basic Training Exercise - Can I prevent Stinkbug entering my house in fall?

How can I prevent "The Stinkbug" from overwintering in my home this fall?
If they do happen to enter what should I do when I find them? Do they cause any damage when in the home? If I find one, does that mean there are more?

Calhoun County Michigan insect issues stinkbug control Posted 15 days ago