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Five Tips for Responsible Insect Control

Spring is here. That means new plants, longer, warmer days, and more outdoor pests. Thus, spring is a time to begin thinking about responsible pest control. While pesticides are sometimes essential and non-harmful in small quantities, excessive use of such chemicals during the spring and summer months can cause serious problems.

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Stowaway Insects

Your bags are packed, your passport is in hand, and your plane tickets are ready; you’re headed home after a long vacation. However, in addition to such personal items, you may also have some unwanted stowaways in your luggage. Invasive foreign insects may easily crawl into suitcases, and, when transported back to your hometown,  may pose … » Read the rest

New Scientific Method of Stopping Insects in Their Tracks

Wouldn’t it be great if you could stop an insect infestation before it starts? Scientists may have found a way to do just that. They have recently discovered that altering a certain neuropeptide in the brain of common pests may reduce insect mating, thus reducing the overall pest populations.

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Breadfruit: An Unlikely Insect Repellent

Before chemical pesticides existed , civilizations used a variety of natural ingredients to combat common pest problems. They used spices, herbs, and essential oils as pesticides. Scientists have recently discovered that breadfruit, a fruit common in the Pacific regions of the world, can effectively fight mosquitoes.

What’s so special about breadfruit?

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The Curse of the Asian Citrus Psyllid

Citrus fruits are an invaluable aspect of the human diet, providing crucial vitamin C for the maintenance of skin, the immune system, and a variety of other metabolic process within the body. Home owners here in Florida love growing these nutrient-rich fruits in their own backyard. Many citrus fruits, like oranges, lemons, grapefruits, and limes can … » Read the rest

Insects as Pets? A Bizarre New Trend

If insects don’t top your list of Cute & Adorable Living Things, you aren’t alone.  However, many people in Asia will disagree with you.  In fact, an increasing number of teenagers and young adults in China and other areas of Asia are beginning to keep exotic insects as pets. Technology is making the trend more … » Read the rest

The Large Milkweed Bug: Friend or Foe?

The milkweed bug is a colorful beetle that feeds mainly on grains. Its distinguishing characteristics are its long mouth part and its red and black outer colors. Although especially abundant in the south-eastern part of the United States, the milkweed bug has also been seen as far north as Ontario, Canada. Some treatments are available to … » Read the rest

Common Signs of Powderpost Beetle Damage

 

Imagine grabbing a piece of wood to build your next log fire, only to find that the log crumbles in your hands, disintegrating into nothing but wood fragments and powdery dust. This is often a symptom of powderpost beetle damage.

Common Signs of Powderpost Beetle Damage 

Powderpost beetles mostly damage wood, including wood house walls, … » Read the rest

Sooty Mold

 Sooty mold is a thin, black layer of film found on the underside of fruit tree leaves, on the skin of fresh fruit, and also on many surfaces in and around the home. This mold grows rapidly following an insect’s attack on a plant, especially after the insect has fed on the leaves of fruit. » Read the rest

Red Scales

 

The red scale, also known as the California red scale, is a citrus pest native to southern China. Although especially fond of citrus trees, red scales can also be found on more than 70 other types of plants, most notably pumpkin and potato plants. These insects can significantly decrease fruit production, causing trouble for … » Read the rest