Grace Lake Watershed Improvement Association

“It is our mission to improve, preserve, and vigorously protect the quality of our natural resource for the benefit of all who surround and use it.  Through education and implementation of remedial and proactive measures, we will achieve a sustainable balance of flora, fauna, and recreation for ourselves and those who follow us.”

The following is an article done by RMB Labs I thought might be interesting. 

Lake Learning
Abundant Fall Bugs – Lady beetles and Bees

Have you noticed there seems to be a lot more lady beetles (also known as ladybugs) and bees
out lately? This is a common occurrence on sunny fall days. Today I'll explain why they are out
in such numbers at this time of year, and what you can do to avoid them.
We'll start with lady beetles, which are little round
beetles with a mustard-color, orange or pink back
with black spots. The type that occurs in such large
numbers is usually the multicolored Asian Lady
beetle. These beetles are beneficial insects and were
first imported from Asia and released in attempts to
naturally control certain insect pests. They are an
effective, natural control for harmful plant pests such
as aphids, scale and other soft-bodied arthropods.
Still, its tendency to overwinter in homes and other
buildings, sometimes in large numbers, may make
them a nuisance to many people.
Lady beetles enter your home in the fall to find a warm protected place to overwinter. They
usually stay in small cracks and the walls, but some may become active on warm days in late
winter or early spring and move into living areas searching for a way out. The best way to
prevent them entering your house is to caulk exterior cracks and crevices before fall.
Lady beetles are not structure-damaging pests, unlike insects such as termites and carpenter ants.
Lady beetles do not chew or bore holes in walls or eat carpet or furniture. They do not lay their
eggs in homes and are generally harmless.
The only thing that really could damage a home is if they are agitated or squashed, the beetles
may exhibit a defensive reaction known as “reflex bleeding,” in which a yellow fluid with an
unpleasant odor is released from leg joints. This reaction generally prevents predators, such as
birds, from eating lady beetles. But in the home, the fluid may stain walls and fabrics.
The most effective way to remove Lady beetles from your home is to vacuum them. Once they
are in your vacuum bag, they die because their breathing pores (spiracles) get clogged with dust.
It is only a myth that they go on living and breeding in your vacuum!
Now on to yellow jackets and bees, which are out in force looking for food at this time of year.
This isn't the only time that bees are foraging for food, but it is the time that people are most
likely to encounter them. As we're enjoying the last nice days of late summer and fall outside,
bees are out looking for proteins and sugars, and that's primarily what we use as refreshments, so
they will swarm around your pop or your hamburger. The way to avoid bees and wasps is to
remove what is attracting them, which is food, beverages and garbage. This is the time of the
year that wasp and bee colonies are at their peak. They have been working all summer long, the
queen has been reproducing, and the colonies have been growing. Some yellow jacket colonies
have several thousand individuals at this point in time.
Bees and wasps are beneficial insects, but if you have a nest in your house, that is a different
story. A bee nest must be taken out by a professional, because even if you kill the bees with
pesticide, the honey is still in the wall. When this honey ferments, it can seep through your wall
and attract other bugs.
Yellow jackets are actually wasps, and their nests are less messy. They will not re-use it the
following year, so if you can wait until the first or second good solid freeze, the wasps will
disappear on their own.
A lot of people mistake yellow jackets for honey bees. There are a couple of ways homeowners
can tell them apart. Wasps generally do not have a hairy abdomen, bees generally do. Yellow
jackets often have a little more distinct separation between the blacks and the yellows - the
stripes are more defined. If you're not sure, collect one and take it to a county Extension office.

Grace Lake Association

2017 AIS Volunteer Ambassadors

 September, 2017 Schedule

Tue   5                         8-10 a.m.                     Bob Brouse                  333-0456

Wed  6                         8-10                             Ed Marthaler              949-929-5187

Thur  7                         8-10                             Dick Sampson              751-7220

Fri   8                           8-10                             Ron Milbrandt             766-5896

Mon  11                       8-10                             Jim Kramer                 760-3298

Tue  12                        8-10                             Jim Kramer

Wed  13                      

Thur  14                       8-10                             Dick Sampson

Fri  15                          5-7 p.m.                       Rick Black                    791-6298

Mon  18                      

Tue  19                        8-10                             Bob Brouse

Wed  20                       8-10                             Ed Marthaler

                                    5-7                               Doug Goodman           239-634-2262

Thur  21                       5-7                               Doug Goodman

Fri  22                          5-7                               Rick Black

Mon  25                       8-10                             Ron Millbrandt

Tue  26                        8-10                             Ron Millbrandt

Wed  27                       8-10                             Jon Blessing                 751-3784

Thur  28                       8-10                             Jon Blessing    

Fri  29                          8-10                             Jon Blessing

Grace Lake was well represented by members at the AIS Volunteer Training Session Friday August 25th 2017.  These members are now qualified to do volunteer inspecting at the Grace Lake Public Access.  

RMB LABS This is a great website whose service Grace Lake utilizes.  Please take some time and visit this site

Meeting Minutes are posted on MINUTES page.

CL-B to put $37.8 million referendum on November ballots

CASS LAKE -- About a week after they agreed to draft a stripped-down facilities plan, Cass Lake-Bena Schools leaders met again to put a different plan on ballots this November.

At  an Aug. 3 special meeting, the School Board agreed to ask voters to approve a $37.8 million bonding referendum this fall, pending state approval. If voters agree, the district would use that money to build a new school for grades 3-5 and renovate and expand some of the district’s existing buildings and classroom spaces.

To read the entire article click on the link below

Members of Grace Lake Watershed Assn. getting educated at the Starry Trek on the latest Aquatic Invasive Species STARRY STONEWORT.  The event was hosted by Bruce Anspach of the DNR.

Members of Grace Lake Watershed Assn. attended the Beltrami County Commissioners meeting last night at the Frohn Township Hall.

Please check out the newly added Sampson Presentation page LINK!!!


Rheta Mason is having her auction at her lake home on June 25th starting at 11 am.  Her address is 4803 E. Grace Lake Road SE.  Let's be there and create a buyer's frenzy!!

This is the Link for the video about Starry Stonewort we watched at the meeting.

Additional donations for Grace Lake can be made to the NW MN Foundation. Please specify Spendable Project Fund  or call 1-800-659-7859.

Northwest Minnesota Foundation

According to Bob Brouse life is "a bowl of cherries and maybe home made cookie when you live at Grace Lake"
I have to agree!!

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