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Beneficial Insects

Beneficial Insects

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Creating an environment hostile to pests includes enlisting the help of beneficial insects.  These insects keep undesirable pest populations in check through their feeding, as either predators or parasites.  Both the adult and immature stages of predators actively search out and consume prey.  Parasites help by depositing eggs in or on the host.  When they hatch, the host becomes their food source. What can you do to encourage helpful insects? …

Mechanical Bug Removal

Mechanical Bug Removal

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When pests are visible and large enough, removing them via the “pick and squash” method is an option for the non-squeamish.  Try the following on insects you cannot see. For Chinch Bugs Prepare a soap drench with 2-tablespoons of dishwashing liquid and 2-gallons of water in a watering can.  Thoroughly water an off-color patch of lawn, and then cover it with a flannel sheet.  Wait 15 minutes; then scrape clinging…

What to Wear For Pest & Weed Control

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Whether you’re using insecticides and herbicides derived from botanical, biological, or synthetic materials, take all basic precautions, including the use of goggles, disposable dust masks (for pesticide dusts), and tight-fitting respirators when using liquid sprays.  Use National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) approved respirators containing activated charcoal cartridges that filter pesticide vapors from the air. Read all product labels thoroughly, and apply the products with great care.  Completely…

Underground pests - Japanese Beetle

Integrated Pest Management (IPM), an Eco-Friendly Approach

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How Should I Manage the Bugs in My Lawn? Too often, when insects are spotted, they are instantly seen as invaders that must be attacked with various toxic chemicals. While such actions may take care of the immediate problem, they usually create a host of others in their wake. Today, an ecologically sound concept called Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is receiving serious recognition and support among home gardeners, professional landscapers,…