Cicada Killers, Cicadas and Cow Killer Ants

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the GRO Big Red Blog, please do! Our colleagues at Nebraska Extension in Douglas and Sarpy Counties, and our own Jody Green in Lancaster County, regularly share resources to help you GRO Big! https://grobigred.com/

Cow Killer Ant (Velvet Ant). This is not an "ant" but a wasp!

Cow Killer Ant (Velvet Ant). This is not an “ant” but a wasp!

It’s that time of year when cicadas “sing”, and their predators are on the hunt. Learn more about cicada killer wasp, annual cicadas and cow killer ants:

Cicada Killer Season is Upon Us – Jonathan Larson

Video: Cicada Killer Wasp – Jonathan Larson & Jody Green

Annual Cicadas: The Musicians of Summer – Jonathan Larson

Cow Killer Ant: Wrongfully Accused – Jody Green

If you have other pest and wildlife questions, we have resources on-line at http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest or contact your local extension office.

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere
http://lancaster.unl.edu

The August 2017 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The August 2017 issue of the free NEBLINE Newsletter is on-line. Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline

Back to School Nutrition

Back to School Nutrition

Here are some of the articles featured in this issue:

  • Back to School Nutrition
  • On-the-Go Ideas for Breakfast
  • Are You Avoiding Some Healthy Foods Because of Sugar?
  • Tropical Fruit Dip Recipe (pg 5)
  • Water Conservation in the Hot Summer Months
  • Water “Load” Impacts Private Wastewater Systems
  • Mosquitoes: A Bad Buzz
  • Bats Can Be Removed from Buildings After Mid-August
  • Culver’s Root: A Must-Have Perennial Plant
  • August Garden Guide
  • Selecting a Babysitter
  • July Heart of 4-H Award Winner: Rachel Hanigan
  • August Heart of 4-H Award Winner: Meg Bauman
  • 4-H’ers Test Family and Consumer Science and Entrepreneurship Skills at Life Challenge
  • 4-H’ers Test Animal Science Skills at PASE
  • 4-H Clover College: 55 Workshops of Hands-On Learning
  • Six Lancaster County 4-H Clubs Receive Governor’s Ag Excellence Awards
  • Congratulations! Kristen Geisert Promoted
  • Seeking Lancaster County Fair 100-Year or Older Photos/Artifacts
  • and much more…

The NEBLINE Newsletter

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

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Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Press Pause

You can’t protect your child from feeling stressed out, angry or sad. What you can do is teach him ways of managing his stress. Learn more from The Learning Child blog ….

The Learning Child Blog

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The parts of our brain that are involved in reacting to emotions can quickly hijack our ability to reason and control our intentional spotlight. Think of all the times you regret saying something because you were wound-up or overly emotional. If only you’d pressed pause to think about your reactions before blurting out your feelings. Kids need this pause space too, although it is difficult for them to recognize when they need it. Often, when our child is upset or emotional, we feel the immediate need to do something about it – to argue back, to cuddle her, to yell, or to put our face right up close to hers so that she will concentrate on what we have to say.

However, the best strategy is to press pause and wait for your child to calm down. By doing this, you give your child the opportunity to practice calming herself…

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Little Black Ants Everywhere!

Odorous house ant profile

Odorous house ant has a flat, hidden node, so it cannot be seen by side profile compared to other ants.  Photo by Jody Green, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County.

If you’re like most homeowners, this is the time of year small ants seem to be invading your home. Here in Lancaster County, household ant identification and inquiries are high. Spring has sprung, but the varying soil and air temperatures may not be stable enough to produce the food (carbohydrates, fats, proteins) to support the many ants becoming active in the ecosystem. They may be too close for comfort and here are the reasons they’re entering your space:

  1. They can.
  2. They’re hungry.
  3. They’re thirsty.

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The April 2017 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The April issue of the free NEBLINE Newsletter is on-line. Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline

Emerald Ash Borer IdentificationHere are some of the articles featured in this issue:

  • Emerald Ash Borer – Next Steps
  • Emerald Ash Borer Seminars
  • Is this food still safe to eat?
  • Cheese Ball “Chick” Recipe
  • Pollinator Class & Open House – April 6
  • When will my child be ready to ride a bike?
  • Upcoming Learning Child Trainings
  • Look for Rust in Wheat
  • Tractor Safety Courses for Youth
  • Care for New Orchard Plantings
  • Termite Damage, Infestation & Treatment Options – Part 2
  • Western Meadowlark: Nebraska’s State Bird
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collections – Local
  • April Heart of 4-H Award Winner: Shane Kraus
  • 4-H Club updates, 4-H Achievements Celebration, Upcoming Workshops, 4-H Camps and more
  • 4-H Teen Council Practices Leadership at Lock-in
  • Meet New Nutrition Staff
  • Open House at State Capitol
  • and much more…

The NEBLINE Newsletter

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –

Bed Bugs and the Aging Community

Human Bed Bug

Human bed bug is typically reddish-brown in color, oval-shaped, wingless and has sucking mouthparts to suck blood from its host. Photo by Jody Green, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County.

Bed bugs are blood sucking insects that primarily feed on the exposed skin of humans while they sleep. Though they are not known to spread diseases to humans, their presence and feeding behavior causes great social, emotional and financial stress to many individuals and their families. Whether we choose to be believe it or not, bed bugs are real and they’re closer than we may want to believe. They can be seen in different shapes and sizes based on age and feeding status (fed vs. hungry).

Engorged bed bug nymph, poppy seed for scale, bed bug egg, unfed bed bug nymph.

Engorged bed bug nymph, poppy seed for scale, bed bug egg, unfed bed bug nymph. Photo by Jody Green, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County.

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