Asian Longhorned Tick In Kentucky

This page contains information about the Asian Longhorned Tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis), a potential emerging pest in Kentucky. The insect was confirmed from a single specimen found on an elk in Martin County in 2018 (orange, below).

Urban Spider Chart

ENTFACT SUPPLEMENT: Urban Spider Chart

by Blake Newton and Lee Townsend, Extension Entomology 
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture 

The majority of Kentucky's spiders are harmless to humans, even when they enter our living environments. This chart is designed to help with quick identification of spiders that are commonly encountered in homes, buildings, yards, and other urban environments. Click on the spider to read more about it.

Cicada Killer Wasps

ENTFACT-004: Cicada Killer Wasps  |  Download PDF

by Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist 
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture 

Mild mannered female cicada killer wasps are active across Kentucky during the summer, intent on their tasks of 1) digging underground burrows and 2) provisioning them with paralyzed cicadas that will be food for their grub-like larvae. The wasps will be very focused on these tasks for several weeks. 

The Lone Star Tick in Kentucky

ENTFACT-648: The Lone Star Tick in Kentucky  |  Download PDF

by Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture 

The lone star tick (Fig. 1) is an important nuisance pest across Kentucky and can be a vector of some diseases. Its most common hosts are wild mammals and ground-nesting birds but these aggressive ticks readily feed on humans and companion animals.

Parasitic Mites of Humans

ENTFACT-637: Parasitic Mites of Humans  |  Download PDF

by Michael F. Potter, Extension Entomologist
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture 

Mites are very small arthropods which are closely related to ticks. Mite larvae have six legs whereas the nymphal and adult stages have eight. Most species of mites are pests of agricultural crops. However, certain types of mites are parasitic on humans. 

Bed Bugs

ENTFACT-636: Bed Bugs  |  Download PDF  |  En Español