Christmas Tree Pests and Weeds

Pine and fir trees, grown purposely for use as Christmas trees, are vulnerable to a wide variety of pests, weeds and diseases. Many of the conifer species cultivated face infestations and death from such pests as the balsam woolly adelgid and other adelgids. Aphids are another common insect pest. Christmas trees are also vulnerable to fungal pathogens and their resultant illnesses such as root rot, and, in the U.S. state of California, sudden oak death. Douglas-fir trees… Continue reading Christmas Tree Pests and Weeds

Vegetable Garden Pest Control

Even in the best-managed vegetable gardens–ones with soil rich in compost, and a diversity of plants to encourage natural predators–certain pests will occasionally get out of hand. There is a nugget of truth in the old maxim that insects are most likely to gang up on plants that are already unhealthy because of a soil… Continue reading Vegetable Garden Pest Control

Keeping Kitchens Pest-Free

Kitchens have always been a gathering place in the home; however, there are some unwelcome visitors homeowners would rather not gather in the place where we store, cook and eat our food – pests! Cockroaches, rodents, fruit flies and pantry pests can all easily find their way into kitchens contaminating foods, spreading bacteria and ruining… Continue reading Keeping Kitchens Pest-Free

Look Out: Cicadas to Swarm Southeast in Spring 2017

Residents of the Southeast, get ready! Brood IV of the 17-Year cicadas is expected to emerge this spring for the first time since 2000. The largest numbers are anticipated in portions of South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia (with the potential for a smaller group to emerge in Wisconsin and Ohio). Periodical cicadas emerge from… Continue reading Look Out: Cicadas to Swarm Southeast in Spring 2017

Happy Easter!

For those of you with rabbits as pests instead of egg givers… Appearance Rabbits are members of the order Lagomorpha and Family Leporidae. These small to medium-sized mammals are familiar to humans. Various species exist around the world. The most commonly encountered species is the cottontail rabbit. Behavior, Diet & Habits Rabbits are small, furry… Continue reading Happy Easter!

5 Common Spring Pests (And How to Avoid Them)

By Susan Grant Legacki Spring, while objectively beautiful, isn’t limited to blooming flowers and green grass. It is also when the great outdoors’ most annoying—and sometimes dangerous—pests can wreak havoc on your adventures. Learn how to avoid these five nasty, irritating and persistent springtime pests while enjoying the trails. Ticks Ticks are a serious concern… Continue reading 5 Common Spring Pests (And How to Avoid Them)