Latest Insects News

Beetle connected to ash tree deaths found in Portland, Maine

Oct. 18, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials in Maine say a type of beetle that's killed hundreds of millions of ash trees since its discovery in North America has been found on a trap in Portland. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said Friday the discovery of the emerald ash borer is...

Game and Parks to give away free milkweed seeds in Norfolk

Oct. 13, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — People who want to help preserve monarch butterflies can obtain free milkweed seed pods through the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The pods, seeding instructions and monarch educational information will be available while supplies last at Game and Parks' Northeast District Office,...

Michigan insecticide spraying could threaten vulnerable bugs

Oct. 12, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Officials in southern Michigan are warning that pesticides targeting a deadly mosquito-borne virus could kill other insects, including rare and beneficial species. The spraying to quell the alarming rise of Eastern equine encephalitis disease threatens essential pollinators such as...

Milwaukee Public Museum launches a live spiders exhibit

Oct. 11, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee's natural history museum is hoping its new live spiders exhibit can educate visitors instead of scaring them away. The Milwaukee Public Museum is hosting the Spiders Alive! exhibit from Oct. 5 through January 2020. The exhibit features 17 species of live arachnids from around...

Emerald ash borer seen in Vermont town

Oct. 11, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

LONDONDERRY, Vt. (AP) — The state says an ash tree-killing pest found in some areas of Vermont has been discovered in a new town. Vermont's agriculture agency says the emerald ash borer was found recently in a tree in Londonderry, in Windham County. Its "slow-the-spread" recommendations apply to all of...

Forest at famed Idaho ski area facing wildfires, insects

Oct. 9, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The forest in and around one of the nation's top ski destinations is in trouble from an ongoing combination of unusually warm temperatures, drought, wildfires, insect invaders and pathogens, officials say. So the U.S. Forest Service is starting an environmental analysis to find ways to...

Nebraska faces big bill as pest kills thousands of ash trees

Oct. 6, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraskans will need to spend nearly $1 billion over the next few decades to remove ash trees killed by an invasive pest, but local governments probably won't be able to afford the cost and it's not clear how much help they'll get from the state. Lawmakers renewed their search last...

Hawaii scientists launch aerial attack against invasive ants

Oct. 5, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

NAHIKU, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii scientists have used helicopters to launch an aerial attack against an invasive ant species in east Maui. The Maui Invasive Species Committee and Hilo-based Hawaii Ant Lab have sprayed low-toxicity gel bait from helicopters Tuesday to curb the stinging pests in the Nahiku...

Maine officials warn of high levels of tickborne diseases

Oct. 4, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease is warning of high levels of two tickborne illnesses. Officials said Friday that the state has recorded 556 cases of anaplasmosis and 124 cases of babesiosis through Oct. 1. They say those levels already represent an all-time annual high for babesiosis, a...

Mosquito control district to do more drone research

Oct. 4, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

BRANDON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont mosquito control district is putting the brakes on using aerial drones for surveillance and to disperse treatments. The Brandon-Leicester-Salisbury-Goshen Insect Control District spreads treatments by truck and sometimes by air. It considered using drones, but said it will...