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Pest problems In Minnesota – A Brief Overview

Minnesota is located in the North central of the United States. It is the largest Midwestern states and ranks 12th in size among the 50 states. People consider it as The North Star State of the U.S. An infographic designed by NYCity Pest Control has several proven ways to control a variety of pests like beetles, aphids, caterpillars and various other destructive bugs.

This state is known for its festive celebrations, and they have fêtes for nearly anything you can imagine, from Saint Paul Winter Carnival to the Holidazzle parade. It has over 11,000 lakes with 90,000 miles of shoreline, which is the number of lakes that Hawaii, California and Florida have when combined.

Minnesota’s got amazing apple orchards and this state is responsible for creating some of the delicious varieties of the fruits. This state is also rich when it comes to producing natural resources and provides 75% of the nation's iron ore. The farmers produce some of the high yielding crops like corn, wheat, rye, alfalfa, and sugar beets. They are also leading producers of, eggs, milk, potatoes, green peas, barley, soybeans, oats, and livestock.


Unfortunately, a state that is this great is subject to insects and pest attacks like the rest of them. If you visit the site of University of Minnesota Extension, you will get lots of information regarding the pests and insects that are common in the state. If you find it difficult to identify the bug in your home or garden, just take a picture of the insect and mail it to them. They will help you to identify the pest and also give you tips to get rid of them. As per the statistics in 2015 Minnesota is one of the states that produce the largest corn yields. According to a survey conducted these were the most troublesome corn pests in Minnesota.

Statistics of pests that affect corn

All the general pests that affect home from rats, cockroaches, ants, bed bugs also affect the people of Minnesota. But some of the pests that attack here are different from the common ones. Take Boxelder bugs; they are a big nuisance as they enter homes and other buildings in large numbers. But, the good news is that they are harmless to the property. When their population is excess they can stain walls, curtains, and other surfaces with their excrement.

Here is an infographic that gives you many simple ways to get rid of garden pests.

Black Carpenter Ant

Black carpenter ants

Black carpenter ants are also quite common in Minnesota. These ants are quite large compared to the other ant species. Unlike termites they don’t feed on wood but rather live inside them. They take up residence in dead trees, telephone poles, wood piles and inside the walls of the house. Carpenter ants feed on juices, fungus and food scrap and other tiny insects. You can mix vinegar with water in a 50-50 ratio and spray on the affected areas; they are quite effective.






EAB Damage in Ash Tree

Emerald ash borer

Statistics of pests that poses a threat to woodlands in Minnesota

Minnesota grows more number of ash trees in the country. People in China say that the ash tree bark has medicinal properties. It is helpful in treating eye disorders, dysentery, metrorrhagia, and leukorrhagia because of its astringent nature.

The emerald ash borer is a pest that is responsible for the death of millions of ash trees since 2002. Without the help of insecticides, they cannot be destroyed.


Fish Fly

Fish flies

Since Minnesota has more number of lakes the problem of fish flies during the spring time is severe. Although they appear only for a few weeks, they seem to cause quite a bit of problem for the people who live near water.

Unfortunately, there is no way of controlling these flies. Attempting to control them using chemicals will contaminate the water and harm fishes. Install yellow light bulbs outdoor as these flies are not attracted to yellow light and make sure you keep doors and windows closed as much as possible.




Deer tick

Among the various other ticks the blacklegged tick or the deer tick affects Minnesota in the months of June through August. They live in wooded areas and along trails in forests. These ticks are known to transfer some harmful diseases to humans and among them; Lyme disease is the most recognized one.

Areas that are of high risk for tick exposure in Minnesota include the north-central, east-central and southeastern regions of the state. So when you are inside the woods wear long sleeved shirts and avoid walking on trails and grassy areas. If ticks have bitten you immediately go to the doctor and get yourself checked.


And the two pests that Minnesota gardeners find it difficult to get rid of are the onion maggot and the cabbage maggot. Onion maggots attack the roots of vegetables such as onion, garlic, carrot, and radish, and cabbage maggots attack cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, radishes, and turnips. As a preventive measure you can use yellow sticky traps to catch the flies. Crop rotation will also help to prevent infestation. After the plants have been cultivated, the ground must be cleaned thoroughly before planting the next set of crops.


Whatever methods you follow to get rid of pesticides, you must be careful. Many people oppose the usage of chemicals. But, if you have a headache, we all take an aspirin. The same concept is applicable when controlling pests if you have tried the natural ways and they weren’t effective, then you have to opt for alternatives.

If you use pesticides, use them according to the instructions that are given on the packaging. Also, before hiring a pest management company, check out if they are licensed so they can carry out proper pest control procedures without too much collateral damage.