"Boy does that Stink!"
Our azaleas have bloomed and when you watch The Masters this week they'll be in full bloom. Groundskeepers and horticulturists at Augusta control their blooming by covering the bushes in ice in time for this event. Spring ends for us when the Purple Martins return as signs of the season will also be experienced elsewhere. I reviewed a column written by Kaitlynn Riely of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette noting a bug that invades the north each April. The brown, shield-shaped insect is native to Asia and was first observed in Allentown, Pa in 1998. It caused widespread damage across the Mid-Atlantic in 2010 and is now detected in 28 states. Similar to our fire ants, it possesses an appropriate name, commonly referred to as... the Stink Bug.