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Asian longhorned tick found in Kentucky; insect a concern for livestock producers, pet owners

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The Asian longhorned tick, which preys on a variety of hosts including humans and wild and domestic animals, has been found in Kentucky. This new tick is known to attack animals in large numbers and will be a concern to livestock producers, wildlife enthusiasts and pet owners. “This tick is an aggressive biter and frequently builds intense infestations on domestic...

UK entomologists say new stinging ant species could cause problems for Kentuckians

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky entomologists want people to be aware of a new stinging pest in the state, the Asian needle ant. Recently, Asian needle ants invaded a home in south central Kentucky and stung the homeowner. This is one of the state’s first reports of the ants coming indoors. The insect has been in Kentucky since at least 2013 and in the U.S. since the...

UK entomologist offers information about ‘murder hornet’ to educate Kentuckians about insect

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The first known appearances of the Asian giant hornet, also known as the “murder hornet,” have many Americans concerned. A University of Kentucky entomologist is offering some information to educate Kentuckians about the worrisome insect. As its name would suggest, the hornet is a native of Asia but was recently found in Washington state and British Columbia,...

UK entomology graduate student Anna Pasternak recording, evaluating state’s tick population

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Ticks are a concern for anyone who spends a significant amount of time outdoors. A University of Kentucky entomology graduate student is collecting ticks from across Kentucky to determine the make-up of the state’s tick population. Anna Pasternak, a student in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is gathering information for the new Kentucky...

UK entomologists report eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch now underway for Central Kentucky

By Holly Wiemers University of Kentucky Eastern tent caterpillars have begun to hatch, with the first instances being seen in Central Kentucky on March 12, according to entomologists in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. According to Jonathan Larson, entomology extension specialist, after spending about nine months as eggs in masses on twigs of wild cherry and...

Study aims to find ways for people to use insecticides without affecting native bees

UK doctoral student Jonathan Larson collects clover heads to determine if they’ve been affected by past insecticide use. (Photo by Katie Pratt)   By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward   Many homeowners may grimace at the sight of grubs, caterpillars or other pests lurking in their lawns, but understanding when and how to apply an insecticide to control these pests could have a big impact...