Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Update - December 7, 2011

The following are highlights and updates about samples and questions recently received in the Plant & Insect Diagnostic Clinic:

Cold weather has certainly slowed things down in the clinic.  Insects do not creep around much once temperatures are below 50 degrees F.

We did get a sample of a bat tick. Bat ticks and bat bugs are commonly spotted in homes late in the fall because the bats they normally feed on have migrated out of the attic.  Bat ticks and bat bugs can be annoying but pose no danger to the human occupants of the house.  Preventing bats from roosting in the attic is the best control method.

We also got a sample of amphipods from a well.  Amphipods are tiny shrimp-like organisms that feed on algae and organic matter.  The amphipods are not harmful to human health, but the presence of them in well water indicates that there is organic matter in the system that should not be there and the well should be examined by a licensed plumber. 

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