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Deer tick

Deer ticks everywhere

REGION — A new study from Penn State shows that the ticks that cause most cases of Lyme disease, deer ticks or black-legged ticks, have become the most abundant type of tick in Pennsylvania. As recently as the 1960s, there were hardly any ticks in the state, according to the study.

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The emerald ash borer

Emerald ash borers emerge

REGION — It’s spring, and that means insects are active again. The emerald ash borer (EAB) is now emerging from tiny holes in the ash trees to lay eggs on leaves and bark. When the eggs hatch, the larvae tunnel into the tree and eat the outermost layer of the sapwood beneath the bark.

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Spotted lanternfly 

New hope to combat lanternflies

REGION — Spotted lanternflies were first discovered in North America in September 2014 in Pennsylvania. In 2018, the invasive pest was discovered in eight New York counties, including Delaware. In Pennsylvania, it has been found in 23 counties, including Monroe and Lackawana. It has also been found in eight other states.

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Agency employees joined with the Wayne County Commissioners on May 23 in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Penn State Extension’s operations in and for Wayne County. Seated are Jessica Scull, left, Jule Diehl, Pat Mohn, and standing Commissioners Wendell Kay and Brian Smith, Kaitlyn Keating, Dave Messersmith, Diane Diffenderfer, Stephen Alessi and Commissioner Joe Adams.

Celebrating a century of Extension

HONESDALE, PA — Operating locally in 67 counties and reaching out from Penn State University, “I’ll bet the [Penn State] Extension [Office] touches more lives in Pennsylvania than any other agency,” Wayne County Commissioner Wendell Kay suggested last week.



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