insects

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The emerald ash borer is an invasive pest that has devastated ash tree populations in the rest of the country. It's not in Oregon yet, but it's just a matter of time before it shows up.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has just released its action plan for fighting the pest when it arrives.  Notice the use of the term "when," not "if." 

Ash trees are important in the ecosystem, especially in riparian zones along creeks and rivers.

Wyatt Williams helped write the response plan for the insect at the Oregon Department of Forestry. 

Arthropods Invade Our Homes

Jan 25, 2016
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Is it safe to say we all believe in biodiversity on the Earth?  How about inside our homes? 

Entomologists from North Carolina and the California Academy of Sciences recently studied the numbers of arthropods in our homes--think ants and spiders and such--and found a surprising number: about 100 different species in the average home. 

Species, not individual critters.  Before you reach for the fly swatter or the bug spray, hear the entomologists out.