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10 Things You Can Do To Prevent Insects This Fall

Salo Langberg October 2016

 

When temperatures drop and food becomes scarce insects and rodents migrate indoors looking for food and harborage.  Here are some tips on how to prevent them from entering your home:

1. Clean and de-clutter roofs, gutters and drain pipes. After a long summer, these areas can easily create harborage areas for insects and easy access to your home.
2. Trim back trees and bushes away from all structures at least a foot or two away. Insects and rodents can use these plants as bridges and find entrances to your home.
3. Clear and de-clutter possible harborage areas like: attics, basements, garages, perimeters, patios and sheds. Throughout the summer we have been busy with landscaping, home improvement projects and kids playing around leaving stuff all over the place, this creates easy harborage areas where insects and rodents can hide...

 

What is IPM?

Salo Langberg December 2015

 

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.

 

IPM takes advantage of all appropriate pest management options including, but not limited to, the judicious use of pesticides. In contrast, organic food production applies many of the same concepts as IPM but limits the use of pesticides to those that are produced from natural sources, as opposed to synthetic chemicals...

 

A Tick Can Really Make You Sick

Salo Langberg June 2015

 

Ticks can transmit serious diseases due to the fact that certain bacteria (germs) can survive and multiply inside them. At the same time when for example your dog is bitten by a tick and the tick sucks the blood of your dog, it also opens a driveway for these germs to infect the dog. 

 

Here are the most important diseases transmitted by ticks in Florida

 

Tick-borne Diseases in Florida...

 

What Do Termites Look Like?

Salo Langberg May 2015

 

How to Identify Termites and Look for Evidence: evidence of damage, evidence of flying insects, distinguish between termites and ants.

1. Evidences of Damage
There are several things you need to look for before determining if you have a Termite Infestation:

  • Is it termite damage?

  • Is it water damage or wood rot?

  • Could it be carpenter ant damage?

  • Or maybe wood boring beetles?

Brown Spots On Lawn

Tania Vazquez June 2014

How to Recognize the Difference Between Lawn Damage Caused by Chinch Bugs or Lawn fungus

When it comes to lawns it is better to be knowledgeable about what kind of problem is causing the brown spot damage in your lawn. Many pest control companies may want to take advantage of this and claim poor insect control by your pest control company and recommend you switch to their own Lawn Pest Control program, when in fact this could cause more damage on your lawn if instead you have lawn fungus.
Lawn fungus damage may be confused with chinch bug damage on your lawn because they both cause brown spots. Be aware that most lawn pest control programs do not cover Lawn fungus. Here are a few tips and how to distinguish between the two.

Whiteflies have been reported attacking hedges, trees and palms throughout
South Florida
Gabriela Perez, May 2014

What is it? Two types of white flies have been reported in South Florida as damaging plant insects. One is the Ficus whitefly, and the other is the Spiraling whitefly. Ficus Whiteflies are small, winged insects that belong to the Order Hemiptera which also includes aphids scales, and mealybugs. These insects typically feed on the underside of leaves with their “needle-like” mouth-parts. Whiteflies can seriously injure host plants by sucking juices from them causing wilting, yellowing, stunting, leaf drop, or even death. Spiraling whiteflies on the other hand are not as damaging but should still be treated as soon as any signs appear like white spirals and a build-up of a white, waxy substance on the underside of leaves. Overtime, black sooty mold may grow on the insect’s excrement referred to as honeydew.

 

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