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Foreign Grain Beetles in New Construction

As new homes are constructed around South Dakota, we continually receive questions about small, brown insects showing up in bathrooms and basements. These insects are foreign grain beetles.

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Oct 20

Mosquito Control and West Nile Virus Conference

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension will be hosting its annual mosquito control meeting over Zoom on Oct. 20, from 1:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

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Chlorpyrifos Tolerances Revoked by U.S. Evironmental Protection Agency

In August 2021, a final rule was released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the insecticide active ingredient chlorpyrifos. The rule revoked all tolerances for chlorpyrifos.

Green and brown grasshopper with two yellow lines that originate on the head and meet on the abdomen.

Grasshoppers in Gardens

Due to large populations and dry conditions, grasshoppers are moving into gardens and feeding on whatever they can find. In a normal year, grasshoppers can be a nuisance in a garden, but during an outbreak year, they can present a real threat to gardens, shrubs and small trees.

Brown beetle with hairy body and black mottled pattern on a pink flower petal.

Bumble Flower Beetles Are Here

One of the insects that starts to attract attention this time of year are the bumble flower beetles. These large and noisy beetles somewhat resemble June beetles, but they show up later in the season.

Cluster of wasps on a honeycombed surface.

Fall Wasp Activity Attracting Attention

As garden produce and tree fruits ripen and fall, be on the lookout for wasp activity as you harvest these items. These insects are attracted to the overripe and sometimes fermented fruit and use it as a food source.

Green beetles feeding on the tip of a corn ear.

Northern and Western Corn Rootworm in South Dakota

Fact sheet on Northern and Western Corn Rootworm in South Dakota

Young woman photographing leaf-scorched hostas in a garden.

Garden and Yard Problems Solved: How to Submit Photos and Samples to Our Experts

Garden and lawn issues can sometimes be diagnosed by simply looking at a photo. Photos give our Extension experts a place to start, and providing them with the best possible photo can help the process.

Small, reddish-orange beetles on a green sunflower bud with a larger grey beetle also present.

Red and Gray Sunflower Seed Weevil Identification

While scouting sunflower, it’s not uncommon to observe both red and gray sunflower seed weevils on the same developing head. Differentiating these two species isn’t difficult, as there are obvious size and coloration differences.

Brown snailcase bagworm cases on the white underside of a jar lid.

Snailcase Bagworms in South Dakota

A unique insect that has been observed in South Dakota is the snailcase bagworm. Snailcase bagworms are wingless moths that spend their entire life in spiral-shaped “snail” cases, which they build around themselves using a combination of silk, soil particles and fecal matter.