If you have a boxelder tree or trees on or near your property, you may be familiar with this insect. Every fall about this time of year, they congregate en masse on boxelder trees, and may congregate on your house siding. Eventually they may find their way indoors.
There were 44 confirmed farm-related fatalities in 2016, the third highest over the past 47 years of record keeping. This data was reported in the 2016 Indiana Farm Fatality Summary with Historical Overview, by Purdue University's Agricultural Safety and Health Program in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department. The program has been monitoring farm-related fatalities in Indiana for over 55 years.
"I just saw a woolly worm, and it had a lot of black on it. Must be a harsh winter ahead!" Should it be marked up as folly, or should we be bracing ourselves for a rough winter?
The Extension office has numerous calls about bees or wasps inside building structures lately. Normally, it's an attic, a wall, a crawl space or possibly an accessory structure, and the call goes something like, "I've been killing a bunch of bees every day, and they're still there." The question that follows is what should be done.
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