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No Sting Zone – How to Keep Stinging Insects Away

2019-07-09T01:00:40+00:00

No Sting Zone – How to Keep Stinging Insects Away With stinging insects causing more than a half a million-emergency room visits per year, it is understandable the fear that is invoked by the sight of wasps and hornets. During late summer and early fall, stinging insects can be especially aggressive as they gather food [...]

No Sting Zone – How to Keep Stinging Insects Away2019-07-09T01:00:40+00:00

Pest Free is the way to BBQ

2019-07-09T00:55:20+00:00

Pest Free is the way to BBQ – Tips to Keep Away Unwanted Guests With summer in full swing, many of us have joined the 85% of consumers who acknowledge their love of picnics, barbeques and outdoor leisure activities. In preparing to host events, something that is often overlooked by event hosts are the pests [...]

Pest Free is the way to BBQ2019-07-09T00:55:20+00:00

Leafhoppers

2015-12-14T18:05:29+00:00

Although leafhoppers typically go unnoticed, walking through infested areas of turf grass often brings attention to these tiny insects.  Measuring only about 1/16th of an inch, leafhopper adults are winged and capable of flying short distances when disturbed.  Immature leafhoppers are wingless; they are however capable of jumping short distances when needed, hints the name [...]

Leafhoppers2015-12-14T18:05:29+00:00

Ant Lions

2018-08-03T17:53:48+00:00

Here in Colorado, approximately 50 species of ant lions are present. In the southern portion of the United States these insects are more commonly known as doodle bugs.    Adults are commonly confused with damselflies; however, their knobbed or clubbed antennae are a feature that upon close examination can easily differentiate the two.  During the day, [...]

Ant Lions2018-08-03T17:53:48+00:00

Lilac/Ash Borer

2018-08-03T17:53:48+00:00

A common wood borer found on ash trees throughout Colorado, the lilac/ash borer is native to North America.  Aside from ash trees, damage less commonly occurs to lilac and privet.  Damage most commonly occurs in trees that have been recently transplanted or are grown in less than ideal conditions including those experiencing drought like conditions.  [...]

Lilac/Ash Borer2018-08-03T17:53:48+00:00

Pigeon Tremex Horntail

2018-08-03T17:53:48+00:00

Frequently mistaken for a giant wasp, pigeon tremex horntails are actually a non-stinging insect that begins life as a wood borer of several species of trees including silver maple, ash and elm.  They have also been known to attack conifer trees in forested areas.  Pigeon tremex horntails are not commonly considered as a pest that [...]

Pigeon Tremex Horntail2018-08-03T17:53:48+00:00

Robber Flies

2015-12-14T18:04:13+00:00

Probably best described as a confused mix of several insects including a fly, a dragonfly and a mosquito, robber flies have a unique appearance.  Adult robber flies have a bearded look to their face with a concave area between their eyes with stubby antennae; beak-like mouth parts, long legs, a single pair of long wings [...]

Robber Flies2015-12-14T18:04:13+00:00

Milkweed (Common Seed) Bugs

2018-08-03T17:53:48+00:00

Small milkweed bugs are one of the most commonly mistaken for boxelder bugs.  There are however some identifying characteristics to know the difference between the two.  Boxelder bugs have a characteristic V shaped reddish-orange pattern to their wings while small milkweed bugs appear to have an X that does not quite intersect at the center [...]

Milkweed (Common Seed) Bugs2018-08-03T17:53:48+00:00

False Chinch Bugs

2015-12-14T18:03:01+00:00

False chinch bugs are small, grey to black bugs that commonly feed on plants in the mustard family.  Favored plants include mustard greens, canola and radish; however, they have been known to feed on species outside of the mustard family including lettuce and potato.  Overwintering adults are common on flixseed, a weed commonly associated with [...]

False Chinch Bugs2015-12-14T18:03:01+00:00

Root Weevils

2018-08-03T17:53:48+00:00

Four species of root weevil are established in Colorado including strawberry root weevils, lilac root weevils, black vine weevils and rough strawberry root weevils.  Varying in size by species, root weevils are 1/4”-1/2” in length.  Eggs are laid around the base of plants and larvae develop by pruning roots.  Pupation also occurs within the soil [...]

Root Weevils2018-08-03T17:53:48+00:00