insects

News Buzz
3:33 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Repel Bugs, Gnat-urally

Bug Soother

This spring, Freda Sojka says there's only one way to describe her business: busy. 

She's the brains behind the bug repellent "Bug Soother," that has become overwhelmingly popular over the last few years in Iowa. She says she discovered the recipe for the repellent by accident. “My grandson was at my house, and I didn’t want to put anything on him with DEET in it. I threw a few things together, and it worked.”

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Horticulture
11:42 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Are They Bothering You or Biting You?

dapawprint (Flickr)

They float, swarm, harass and irritate, and they can even take down a chicken or a turkey. The gnats are back. But when we complain about “gnats,” Iowa State University Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis says, sometimes we might be misplacing blame. 

"Saying you are annoyed by a gnat is like saying you were passed on the interstate by a vehicle… It’s a two mile wide term. Ask yourself – are the bugs bothering you or are they biting you?”

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Horticulture Day
11:47 am
Fri May 2, 2014

The Cicadas are Coming!

Seventeen Year Periodical Cicada
Dendroica curulea

They've been waiting in the ground for 17 years, but the wait is almost over.  In just a few short weeks, a large brood of 17 year cicadas will emerge in 46 counties in Iowa.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa State University Entomologist Donald Lewis about what to expect and how these remarkable and long-lived insects survive.

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Talk of Iowa
4:20 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Backyard Ecosystems

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Join Talk of Iowa for a talk with Douglas Tallamy, Professor and Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. He says “We need to change the way we interact with nature; it should not be segregated,” and that living with nature can be very rewarding. Tallamy says that Americans use plants that are mostly from Asia as decorations.  The result is a reduced biodiversity in the places we live, work, and farm.  Hear from Tallamy  about how we can connect habitats by reinstalling native plants.

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Horticulture Day
1:57 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

A Sure Sign of Spring!

Emerald Ash Borer
Phil Nixon University of Illinois

Horticulture day returns to its weekly schedule, a sure sign of spring!  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis about the likely impact of colder than usual temperatures on Iowa's insect population.  The answer:  "not much."  Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron talks about the timely tasks that need doing in your garden.

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Talk of Iowa
4:04 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Horticulture Day: Stinkbugs and Beetles

brown marmorated stink bug
e_monk / flickr

Join Host Charity Nebbe for a talk about insects with Donald Lewis, Iowa State University Extension Entomologist.  He and Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron answer your lawn and garden questions.

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Talk of Iowa
4:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Horticulture Day: Insect Sounds

Robert - Mathesont / flickr

Many of the sounds of summer are the sounds of insects.   Join host Charity Nebbe for a talk with ISU Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis for a discussion about what insects are actually doing with that noise. ISU Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron will also be here to answer your lawn and garden questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:32 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Horticulture Day: Emerald Ash Borer

Roger Sanderson / flickr

The Emerald Ash Borer was discovered in Burlington this week.  For Horticulture Day, Forester Mark Vitosh will be here to talk about the Emerald Ash Borer and Community Tree Inventories.  Horticulturist Linda Naeve will also be here and she and Mark will answer your questions.

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Talk of Iowa
3:39 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Horticulture Day: Beetle Invasion

Iowa State university Extension

The annual Japanese Beetle invasion is here.  Join host Charity Nebbe and Entomologist Donald Lewis to hear where the beetles came from, how long we’ll have to put up with them this year, and how you can combat them.  Horticulturist Richard Jauron will also be here and he and Donald will answer your questions. 

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Talk of Iowa
11:30 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Horticulture Day: Insect Mothers

Bill Bumgarner / flickr

On Sunday many mothers will be recognized with flowers, cards and attention from their loved ones, but there is a whole classification of mothers who really get very little respect.  Today on Talk of Iowa it’s Horticulture Day.  Host Charity Nebbe speaks with entomologist Donald Lewis, who will give some overdue recognition to the mothers in the insect world. He and Richard Jauron will also answer your questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:35 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Horticulture Day: Insect Edition!

imarsman / flickr

We sing songs about the itsy-bitsy spider, wish we could be a fly on the wall, and we root for Spiderman. Entomologist Donald Lewis joins this edition of Talk of Iowa.  We talk about insects in literature, pop culture and in our every day lives. He and horticulturist Richard Jauron will also answer your questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:27 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Budding Biologist: Science Books For Kids

Tim Pierce Flickr

Have you ever been snuggled up with a kid, reading a cute book and run across a glaring factual error? It was just that experience that inspired  two moms to create scientifically accurate books for kids. Charity Nebbe talks with the women behind the “Budding Biologist” series, and about fact checking books for kids.

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Talk of Iowa
11:11 am
Fri November 16, 2012

An Entomologist Thanksgiving

Max Westby Flickr

This time of year many of us take time to think about the things we are thankful for. Entomologist Donald Lewis is no different.Charity Nebbe celebrates an entomologists Thanksgiving with Donald Lewis and Horticulturist Richard Jauron. Lewis talks about why we should all be thankful for the insects we share our planet with.

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Talk of Iowa
12:28 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Downy Mildew on Horticulture Day

Credit Palm Beach County Extension

A new disease is appearing in Iowa.  Downy mildew is taking its toll on the state's impatiens, and may have gardeners rethinking their landscapes.  This and other plant disease and insect concerns are the topic of Horticulture Day.  Guests include Laura Jesse, Entomologist and Erika Saalau-Rojas, Plant Pathologist of the ISU Plant Disease and Insect Diagnostic Clinic and Richard Jauron of Iowa State University Extension.

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