Aphids are a plague to gardeners everywhere. A crucial part of the pest ecosystem, aphids offer little good to green thumbs that spend hours cultivating bountiful fruit and veggie gardens only to see them nibbled away.
Aphid bugs are tiny, pear-shaped insects that are usually green or yellow. They’ll eat just about every kind of plant although they prefer warm weather leaves and tomatoes, too. They’re difficult to spot but usually show up by the droves, thousands at a time. Here are a few of the best ways to get rid of aphids once you find them… Continue reading →
There’s been a lot of chatter in the media lately about the concerning decline in honeybee populations. Indeed, honeybees are a crucial part of the ecosystem and provide far more good than they do harm in most instances. They rarely sting and in fact spend most of their time pollenating plants which depend on their existence for their survival. Continue reading →
If you read last week’s post about California’s citrus pest problem, you may not be surprised to hear that the federal government is about to give the state of Florida over $6 million to fight pest infestations. Unlike the California situation, however, these funds are meant to prevent harmful infestations rather than to treat existing bug problems. Continue reading →
Taro is a root that grows in warm, humid climates, made popular by the American islands of Hawaii. It’s a primary source of food around many underdeveloped nations and is edible in many forms (but must be cooked first.) People often grind it into a powder to use as a starch, make it into a paste, or simply roast the taro with seasonings like a potato. Continue reading →
We have bad news. You have a bug problem. Surprised? You shouldn’t be.
There are a few common household pests that are almost guaranteed to plague your home, particularly if you live in an area with a warm climate which, given the time of year, is about to comprise most of the continental US. But don’t worry – these three common household pests are relatively easy to get rid of with the assistance of a trained pest control professional in your area.
Fruit Flies are one of the most persistent bugs on the planet. The problem is the little critters only live about a week – great for killing them off quickly but terrible for teaching them to stay away. The average fruit fly can lay over 500 eggs in their lifetime, which again, is one week. Fruit flies multiply like crazy and once you’ve got them, they’re tough to get rid of. They breed and feed anywhere moist, organic material is found, primarily kitchens. As their name suggests, they prefer to feed on produce but they’re not too picky. Everything from coffee grounds to leftovers can attract an infestation. Home improvement stores sell fruit fly traps and baiting systems but without eliminating the source of the infestation it’s hard to get rid of all these tiny bugs.
Spiders are pretty terrifying to most homeowner, yes, but they can sometimes do more harm than good. Most varieties eat other pesky insects and generally stay out of the way of humans. If you find yourself staring down a poisonous spider like a Black Widow or a Brown Recluse, however, you should immediately contact a pest professional. When you see one spider you can almost count on the fact that dozens more are lurking somewhere hidden.
Did you know there are over ten varieties of ants commonly known to infest American homes? From carpenter ants to black ants, all come with an obnoxious sting and some can actually be poisonous to humans and pets. Ants are a tricky bug – if you see a small trail you can bet there are literally thousands more in places you can’t see, and the best effective treatment is boric acid, applied by a professional. Keeping ants out is nearly impossible but you can help by making sure food is off the ground and covered where it’s stored.
If you’ve noticed any of these three common household pests in your home, call a pest control expert today. Your home doesn’t have to be a breeding ground – take action now to eradicate a budding infestation.
Mosquitoes are bad enough. They come in droves this time of year, invading picnics and camping trips and generally just being a nuisance. Common mosquitoes feed on blood of animals (both humans and pets) and are becoming more brazen and less deterred by pesticides and citronella candles. But the insect community has yet to see mosquitoes like the ones set to invade Florida later this year.
Florida has a reputation for large, unusual fauna, bugs being one of the favorites of tourists. But larger-than-life mosquitoes, by all accounts a distinct species, are set to take flight all around The Sunshine State in a matter of weeks…and residents are worried. The so-called “Gallnippers,” massive mosquitoes measuring the size of a quarter, have a ferocious sting and are impossible to miss. They’re stronger than their common mosquito counterparts and feed all day and night – most mosquitoes only feed a couple hours a day. Known for biting anything from wild animals to fish, Galnippers are revving up to wreak havoc in Florida. Continue reading →
For decades people have relied on various forms of insect repellent to keep clear of bugs and enjoy the outdoors unbitten. From citronella candles to lotions to aerosol sprays, bug repellents come in many different forms and are designed to keep all types of species at bay. One of the more controversial insect repellents of the last 40 years is DEET, a colorless, oily concoction used to keep bugs away.
DEET has been around since the 1950s and scientists continue to question whether or not it’s safe for human use. While the EPA’s official stance on DEET is that it’s fine when used in moderation they remain concerned about traces of the chemical found in some water sources as DEET can be harmful to fish and wildlife. One thing no one questions, however, is DEET’s place as the most effective insect repellent on the market. That is, until now. Continue reading →
April showers mean spring flowers – and bugs! After a frigid winter many are looking forward to the beautiful blooms of the spring season but with the gorgeous flora come a whole host of pests. The best thing you can do to protect your garden is plan ahead and keep an eye out for some of the most common spring insects. Continue reading →
Everyone can thank Atlanta for a new species of invasive insect, Megacopta Cribaria. Better known as the “Kudzu Bug” this stinky little critter first showed up in 2009 and entomologists at the University of Georgia quickly got to researching. As it turns out, every Kudzu Bug studied thus far appears to have descended from the same female, a statistical anomaly.
The Kudzu Bug looks like a cross between a tick and a stink bug, and stink it does. Putting off an offensive smell if threatened these little critters invade by the thousands and are so far proving tough to kill. Some people in the Southeast are heralding their arrival – they like to much on Kudzu leaves, Kudzu being the only plant more invasive than a root canal. While the bugs are helpful in slowing Kudzu growth they’ve also proven harmful. Continue reading →
The science of Integrated Pest Management is picking up steam all around the US. From California, it’s origination point, to the east coast, Integrated Pest Management (IPM for short) is influencing a whole new crop of home gardeners as well as professional lawn maintenance companies.
The thought process behind IPM is that through careful planning and management of your home garden and lawn you can keep pests at bay, preferably without using chemicals or pesticides. Beginning in the 1990s, Integrated Pest Control has now become a guiding tenant of many homeowners’ lawn maintenance routines. True IPM plans call for little or no use of pesticides. The goal of a successful management plan is to eradicate and prevent pests using more natural, sustainable methods. These methods include cultural controls, biological controls, and physical controls. Continue reading →