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NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Carle, the beloved children’s author and illustrator whose classic “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and other works gave millions of kids some of their earliest and most cherished literary memories, has died at age 91.

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Cutworms only take a few bites out of new transplants, which doesn’t seem like it would do much harm, except that those bites are at ground level. Attacked seedlings topple over, dead. Don’t confuse this damage with damping-off disease, which is caused by a fungus that also attacks at the soil line, but usually affects only very young, newly sprouted seedlings.

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Leaves perforated with small holes are a sure indicator of flea beetles, who especially like the leaves of cabbage, arugula, tomatoes and eggplants. The beetle itself is tiny, shiny and black, and will hop away as you approach it.

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Reactions to stings from bees and other insects are usually minor. But if you’re allergic or get stung many times, emergency attention may be required.

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The source for many flea infestations is often right outside your home. Getting rid of fleas in the yard often calls for repeated applications of chemical insecticides — sprays and powders that kill active flea populations and discourage them from returning.

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The most powerful flea-killers are often sold as “bug bombs” that saturate exposed surfaces with a strong insecticide, killing fleas in all forms.

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You’ll need to address the fleas currently living and breeding on their preferred host — your dog or cat. Killing the fleas at all stages of development protects your pet and helps remove the pests from your home overall.

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In the past 25 years, monarchs’ populations have plunged by the hundreds of millions, according to the wildlife service’s species status assessment report. The black and orange butterflies have to contend with insecticides, loss of milkweed — the plant monarchs lay eggs on and the caterpillars’ sole food source — and habitat loss. They’re also up against human-induced climate change and weather extremes.

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