I heard the silk has to be dark brown and run into the top, but I don't know for sure. See below - is it dark brown enough yet? I heard you can peel open the top and poke a kernel, but I am afraid to, because as you can see, there are tiny bugs and if I open it and it's not ready, they will for sure get in (if they aren't already!).
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Also, what are those bugs? Some are small and round but some are like the size of a pinhead. They are all in the corn silk. Is that bad? Do you think they are inside the corn already? One of them looks like a spider, gross. I don't spray anything on my garden - should I spray some organic bug spray? Is it needed?