In honor of the great piece recently done on the Hummingbird Moth by NPR, we thought we would post a video we recently watched of this elusive creature:
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There really is a right and a wrong way to apply bug spray repellents. The correct way to start is to carefully read the label of the product before purchasing or applying. When trying to keep ticks and mosquitoes away for you, the CDC recommends repellents containing either picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. Stay safe this summer and keep the bugs away!
According to NBC News, the memorial tree planted in honor of Beatle George Harrison has died to an infestation of an ironic pest, the beetle. The specific beetle doing the damage was the bark beetle and ladybug beetle. The tree was planted in Griffith Park which is located in Los Angeles, California.
Photo of George Harrison (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
Via the University of Florida's IFAS Extension. Click here to download a full-color PDF.
Tawny Crazy Ant Facts
What you may see your pest control professional do:
-Treat landscape plants
-Spread insecticidal granules that kill ants by contact
-Spray liquid insecticides around the perimeter of your house
-Apply baits that ants will consume and share with other ants
-Apply crack and crevice products on the inside of homes or
What your pest control professional cannot do:
-Treat other people’s property
-Put pesticides down sewers
-Make “off-label” applications
What homeowners should do and expect:
-Make sure you have a correct identification for this ant
-Be a good neighbor and eliminate food, water and shelter
that encourages colony growth by:
-Establishing regular trash and yard debris removal
-If you have taken pest control measures, please do not hose
the ants off the pavement area with water. You will wash
away your treatment. Use a blower instead.
-Pest control customers used to quarterly or yearly service
will find that they must pay for a monthly (or more
-Homeowners should be careful about “self-treating” since
it may counteract what your pest control professional has
done. For example, if you spray an insecticide over a bait you
will render the bait ineffective.
The Florida Department of Health has recently updated the tally of Floridians who contracted Chikungunya to 81. All of these Floridians had recently traveled to the Caribbean, where the mosquito virus is rampant. Chikungunya causes sometimes severe fever and joint pain. Florida officials are urging residents to follow the "Drain and Cover" program to help combat the spread of this terrible illness.
Drain and Cover
- Drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying. (bird baths, recycling bins, anything that can fill with water)
- Cover your skin with clothing and use mosquito repellent.
- Cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out.