From the Field: Beetles Invasion!
If you live in a wooded area, it’s likely you’ve already noticed: THEY’RE BAAA-AACK!
Every autumn Asian lady beetles start seeking shelter, and, given the lack of convenient caves around, wind up trying to overwinter in Mississippi homes.
Please note: these are not ladybugs, those cute little darlings from your childhood. Both are beetles. Both have spots. Both eat aphids.
But the Asian variety squeezing under your window sills to fly in death spirals around your kitchen lights are not just annoying. They can also emit an unpleasant odor (translation: they stink) and they bite.
Click here to learn how to protect your home against these invaders.
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Tyler Wilson, right, shadowed Dr. Steven Brandon during the 2016 Rural Medical and Science Scholars program. Participants in the program also receive college credit for two pre-med courses, visit various medical facilities, participate in lab-based hands-on learning activities and take part in a communications and study skills workshop. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)