Average maximum biological age of silver birch is approximately 100 years, although sometimes trees can survive up to the age of 150 years. 12-18m. 1. Grows well in colder areas. We can't get rid of them and can't use the table. Questing adults can also bite humans, and are the cause of between 10 to 40% of all human tick bites in Europe [5 ... (EU827689.1), the birch catkin bug Kleidocerys resedea (JQ726770.1) , the pigeon fly Pseudolynchia canarienis (GQ167624.1), and Colpodes buchanani (GU236928.1). Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae) While turfing non-moths out of the moth trap on a recent morning, I found this intriguing little insect marching around on the egg boxes. The swelling and stinging from the bite will last up to a week. Black Vine Weevil. ... Birch Catkin Bug. Salicin can help relieve pain and reduce inflammation. It is known to keep away insects and prevent gnat bites … The leaves and bark contain it. Graceful pendulous form. It's tiny: to give you an idea just how small, those pale, vaguely circular things near it are grains of sand. Silver birch Betula pendula : Deciduous. The bark is white and thin horizontal lines and dark diamond shaped cracks. To cut the bitter taste, you can add them to foods like soups and stews. Leaves are smooth with wedge-shaped base. Medicinal use: Willow is the basis for aspirin with the salicin it contains. Cherry red if squashed! House mites can thrive in any home, no matter how clean it is. Contrary to popular belief, these minuscule creatures do not bite humans, but they can cause an allergic reaction which can manifest as skin irritation which is easily confused with being bitten. Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae) While turfing non-moths out of the moth trap on a recent morning, I found this intriguing little insect marching around on the egg boxes. It's tiny: to give you an idea just how small, those pale, vaguely circular things near it are grains of sand. Catkins develop in late August, early September. Catkin contains hundreds of seeds and a large tree can produce over 1 million seeds a year! Save money with Do-It-Yourself Home Pest Control. It is easily identifiable from its white papery bark that peels easily from mature trees. Birch Catkins: You can eat birch catkins fresh from the tree but many find raw catkins too bitter. White birch is a common tree throughout most of Canada. In the spring, the catkins are tasty and can be eaten raw or fried up with other veggies or in soups. Males 3-4cm long, females 1.2 - 2cm and breaking up in autumn and winter. Department of Entomology 1630 Linden Drive Madison, WI 53706. Don't seem to fly or bite. They never keep still. Also loads scurrying around a brick wall next to a silver birch tree. General Campus Information University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI 53706 www.wisc.edu DON'T CALL AN EXTERMINATOR! They do not live for more than a few days but they will bite people and cause reactions. As a result, leaves can be chewed up in a spit poultice for bug bites. White Birch / Paper Birch. There are hundreds of the bloody things, all over wooden garden table and inside and on top of a large canvas parasol.