Grubs are the larvae of various beetle species of the supergroup Scarabaeoidea. They hatch from eggs laid in the soil and can be serious lawn and garden pests.
Grubs normally live beneath the ground and feed on plant roots. They do the most damage in mid to late summer but can be controlled by insecticides, especially in July and August when they are immature and most vulnerable. Most grubs prefer moist soil, so reducing watering during the hot summer months can decrease grub populations. Tiny parasitic worms called nematodes also provide effective grub control. Milky spore disease is another biological control but works only on the grubs of Japanese beetles.Learn More
Native to China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, the stink bug is believed to have taken refuge on a ship traveling to the United States. While it is unclear exactly when it arrived, according to Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, the first specimen was observed in Allentown, Pa. in 1998.Full Answer >
Ear mites come from cats and dogs and are commonly spread through contact outdoors and in the home. Ear mites are highly contagious and are almost invisible to the naked eye. The presence of ear mites in a dog, cat or other animal can result in infections and other health related illnesses if not treated.Full Answer >
The brown marmolated stink bug came to the country from southeast Asia. It is believed the bug sought refuge on a cargo ship transporting goods to the United States.Full Answer >
Snail shells are formed when a snail continually feeds on calcium. A snail is born with a soft version of its shell that needs calcium to grow into the hardened form.Full Answer >