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

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

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Tiny Bugs with a BIG Bite!

I’m going to take a moment to vent too ….. I happen to be one of the folks who can’t enjoy the outdoors right now around my home because of all of these tiny, black bugs that bite like the dickens! I get welts from them. My colleague Jody Green braved a “probing” just so we could get the great photo below!

If you are one of the folks suffering from the bites of minute pirate bugs (they look like a black dot on your arm – you may not see the markings as you squish it), here’s an article from one of our Nebraska Extension colleagues Jonathan Larson. Bottom line: There’s not much you can do. Cover up. Try a repellent or baby oil on the skin. Wait for a hard freeze…. oh, and they are beneficial, really – they are … read on —- Soni

Minute pirate bug probing Jody Green's arm

Minute pirate bug probing Jody Green’s arm with its piercing-sucking mouthpart at the front of its head. Photo by Dr. Jody Green, Extension Educator Urban Entomology.

Minute Pirate Bugs: Tiny Bugs with a Bite!
Dr. Jonathan L. Larson, Nebraska Extension
September 19, 2016

Arrr! It is national talk like a pirate day today and it’s truly fitting as we are also receiving the first reports of problems with minute pirate bugs. These bugs get their minute moniker because as adults they are only about 1/8 inch long. Adults are oval-shaped, have a black body with an off-white/brown bar across their back and white diamond on their wing tips. As nymphs they are an orange hue and lack wings, they actually resemble their cousin the bed bug a little bit. Worldwide, there are over 500 species of minute pirate bug but we mainly deal with only one species in this area, the insidious flower beetle (Orius insidiosus). Continue reading

Grilling Fruits and Vegetables

I love using my grill especially in the fall! Enjoy these tips on grilling fruits and vegetables from the Nebraska Extension Cook it Quick blog!

Have a great day!!

Soni

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Cook It Quick!

Want to get your family to eat more fruits and vegetables? Try grilling them!

The heat from the grill caramelizes the natural sugars in fruits and vegetables, giving them a tasty and sweeter flavor.

I had the opportunity to visit with a representative from Weber grills who is coming to my hometown — Lincoln, Nebraska — to show their new Husker-themed grills at the Nebraska-Oregon football game. Their Chef and Grill Specialist Tyler Selhorst will be on hand to talk about grilling and tailgating tips.

Grilled meat is the first food that usually comes to mind for tailgating and grilling. To round out the meal with more foods from the grill, I asked Weber for some tips for grilling fruits and vegetables.

Grilling Fruit

grilling fruit Grilling fruit (Image courtesy of Weber grills)

Here are some general tips for grilling fruits from Weber.

  1. First preheat your grill for 10-15 minutes and then brush…

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The July 2016 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The July issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – – Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the July 2016 NEBLINE!

  • Lancaster County Extension Board — Building Our Community Connection
  • Treating Your Body Like a Computer: Trouble-Shooting Tips
  • Fresh Salsa Recipe
  • In-Season Nitrogen Management
  • Controlling Weedy Vines on the Acreage
  • Paper Wasps and Yellow Jackets
  • Dekay’s Brown Snake
  • Start with a Boom, End with a Broom
  • Annual Flowers for Sunny Locations
  • The Price (and Benefits) of Risky Play
  • July Garden Guide
  • New “Bug Masters” Volunteer Program
  • 4-H Teen Council Received Global Youth Service Day Grant
  • 4-H News, Resources & More

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 –

The June 2016 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

Farmers' Markets

The Garden Grocery: Food Safety and Selection at Farmers’ Markets

The June issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – – Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the June 2016 NEBLINE!

  • Feature article: The Garden Grocery: Food Safety and Selection at Farmers’ Markets
  • Tomato Basil Bruschetta Recipe!
  • Nebraska Local Foods: Three Easy Ways for Consumers to Connect with Growers
  • Backup Plan for Feeding Cow-Calf Pairs
  • Tractor Safety Courses for Youth 14–15 (Statewide)
  • Composting Demonstrations (Local)
  • Time for Ticks
  • Opossums — Nature’s Tick Eaters
  • Chemical Hazards in Your Home
  • New Nebraska Pollinator Habitat Certification Program
  • Pollinator Week, June 19–24
  • June Garden Guide
  • Play Skills for Children
  • Upcoming Learning Child Trainings (Local)
  • Babysitting Training for 5th–7th Graders, July 13 (Local)
  • 4-H News, Resources & More
  • 4th Graders Gain Understanding of Agriculture at Ag Literacy Festival & More

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 –

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The May 2016 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The May issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – – Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the May 2016 NEBLINE!

  • Emerald Ash Borer is Getting Closer
  • Leftover Makeovers and Refrigerator Reboots!
  • Clean Out the Fridge & Cupboards Casserole Recipes
  • Guidance for Disciplining Children
  • Rural Transit Offers Affordable Transportation!
  • 2016 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events (Local)
  • Upcoming Child Development Classes (Local)
  • Cash Rent Survey
  • 2016 Perennial Plant of the Year – Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’
  • April Showers Bring … Interesting Bird Behaviors
  • May Garden Guide
  • 4-H News, Resources & More
  • Meet new extension educators: Jody Green and Jaci Foged & More

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 –

The NEBLINE Newsletter

The April 2016 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The April issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – – Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the April 2016 NEBLINE!

  • Climate Impacts on Cropping Systems in Eastern Nebraska
  • Reducing the Size of Recipes
  • Spaghetti Recipe with a Secret
  • When Your Child Director Calls, “Your child is ill… please pick her up.”
  • The ABC’s of Baby’s Zzzz’s!
  • Early Spring Pasture Grazing
  • Fruit Tree Spray Schedules
  • Bird Houses Can Add to Changing Landscapes
  • Bird House Dimensions and Nebraska Bird Notes
  • April Garden Guide
  • 4-H News, Resources and More
  • Weed Awareness Special Pullout

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 –

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