Here is some good information on the goldspotted oak borer that is invading Idyllwild. It is important for all of us to be involved in the prevention of this pest from spreading. The last thing we would want is for this insect to spread through the southland and move into the central part of the state of California. This could destroy many beautiful forests and mountain retreats. These insects also can lead to more devastating forest fires like the ones a few years back in the San Bernardino Mountains. This article will give you a great overview of the bug, the damage it is causing, and some steps we can take to prevent the spread of the infestation. Be careful and stay alert. Follow the forestry’s instruction and don’t transport firewood around the southland, especially from San Diego.
Here is a great article about the Africanized Honey Bee. It gives a great rundown of the history of the Bee and the dangers associated with it. It is good for us all to remember to treat all Bees like Africanized Bees for our own protection. This article is about the bees in San Diego, but they are here in Orange County and the greater Los Angeles Areas as well. This article can give you some practical advice on how to cope with them. It is also good to remember that nobody can tell just by looking at a bee hive if it is Africanized or not. Only an entomologist in a lab can tell them apart, unless of course they attack you. Be careful out there as spring approaches.