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Buggy It’s Cold Outside #GardenSense

You’ve seen them. Stink Bugs, Ladybugs even Boxelder Bugs lurking around your home. But it’s January. Don’t bugs go away in winter? Migrate to Florida maybe?
It is true some butterfly species migrate each fall to warmer climates. Monarch have been known to travel as far south as Central America.
Winter poses different challenges for different species. Some insects live out their entire lives in one year. Many beetles burrow underground until spring.
Mourning Cloak butterflies hibernate in leaf piles. Swallowtails survive wrapped in a Chrysalis.
Those insects have their act together.
My Mom used to say, “If it don’t pay rent, its not living here!”
That went for mice, stink bugs, ladybugs and spiders anyway.
These pesky creatures are just looking for a place to keep warm and safe over winter. That doesn’t mean it has to be your house. Follow these simple steps to help bugs outside all year-round.
Seal up or caulk any outside cracks around windows and doors. Check and caulk holes around exterior pipes and lines coming into your home. Don’t forget your dryer vent!
A vacuum can be your best friend when it comes to clearing your home of nuisance bugs. Dispose of the bag or empty the cylinder immediately.
Spiders eat bugs so in a way they do, “Pay the rent.” Remove them if you feel the need. Remember never to provoke a spider. Some species have powerful venom that can cause health issues like allergic reactions. Brown Recluse spider venom attacks skin and muscle cells.
Most insects that come indoors are pests but not harmful.
It is up to you if you want guests of the six and eight legged kind!

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As a professional cook, I love creating exciting new recipes on the job as well as at home. Assisting in teaching low-income families how to buy, store and prepare healthy food through Penn State’s alliance with Pennsylvania’s Supercupboard Program was very rewarding. During my 11 years with the Master Gardener program, I taught horticultural therapy to assisted living patients using healthful, fr
esh grown food as a focal point. . My hands-on programs and instruction helped hundreds of children and adults learn about where their food comes from and how important fresh food is for your body.
Currently I’m a cook at a college in Pennsylvania. We prepare everything we can from scratch, including our potato chips that tout the seasoning of the day!
Of course I write about food; it's in my blood!

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