Saturday, August 19, 2017

Rural Delivery: Some Summer Days

by Michael Hofferber. Copyright © 1997. All rights reserved.

There are days in summer that are dry as a bone and blistering hot. There are days when the sun burns and the wind peels and lightning starts wildfires that race out of control. Summer skies can be brown with soot and thick with allergens, or they can be broiling with a violence that strips and drowns and washes away.

But there are other summer days, such as today, that open like the bloom of a colorful flower. Scented with the sweet fragrance of fresh-cut alfalfa, they arrive with a kiss of dew and the enveloping warmth of dawn.

There are summer days sweet as a crisp apple that beckon bite after bite down to a core of contentment. Their still mornings lie across the countryside like a Maxfield Parrish painting, lustrous and idyllic.

Continued at... Some Summer Days

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Artwork: A Summer's Day by Alfred Sisley

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Here's How To... Control Yellow Jackets

Late summer is the season for yellow jacket wasps, one of  the most common stinging insects homeowners encounter. There are steps that can be taken to control them.

These social wasps build their nests underground in abandoned rodent burrows, under compost piles, in voids of wood and sometimes in trees or shrubs. The nest is constructed out of paper and holds the queen and her many workers.

Yellow jackets are an important health risk due to their aggressive nature when disturbed and the fact that individual wasps can sting multiple times.

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Artwork: Yellow Jacket Eating a Bee

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Home Grown: Stopping Squash Bugs

Squash bugs (Anasa tristis) feast on squash, melons, and pumpkins. Adults and the younger nymphs suck the sap from the plants and feed on the fruits, causing moderate to severe plant damage. The feeding damage causes spots, yellowing, and browning of leaves and fruits. The pest can destroy the plant’s runners or side shoots.

Adult squash bugs are similar to stink bugs, but emit an odor only when crushed. Plant debris and leaf litter left in the yard provides shelter for overwintering squash bug adults.

Starting in the spring months, they begin to lay orange-colored eggs on the undersides of squash leaves and stems in a very precise pattern. Nymphs, which resemble spiders, will begin to hatch in 1 to 2 weeks. When first hatched, they stay clumped together.

Continued in... Stopping Squash Bugs

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Artwork: Squash Bugs