Category: Pests and Pesticides

Pesticide Safety

PESTICIDE SAFETY The first step in pesticide safety is proper identification of the specific pest. Then, determine the various control options for that pest. Use cultural and mechanical controls whenever possible. Use pesticides only when other control methods are not available to do the job. Many new low-toxicity and organic pesticides are becoming readily available. … […]

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Nature’s Pest Control

Nothing can be more aggravating than having to swat mosquitoes while I’m trying to garden! A few years ago, my husband erected a house for purple martins in our front yard. We wanted to attract the birds, as we had heard they were mosquito gobblers. He placed the 12-compartment structure on a 16-foot pole in … […]

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Armadillos

You may not have seen armadillos yet this season, but it’s never too early to gather ideas to outwit them. Although they devour bugs, crickets, grubs, ant larvae and other undesirables in your yard and garden, the ravenous little creatures plow through dinner and leave the “table” looking like a war zone. The armadillo must … […]

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Let’s Go Organic

The overuse of chemical fertilizers and toxic pesticides can greatly harm our environment by, among other things, polluting rivers, streams and ground water. Turn your thinking, instead, to products that are more environmentally friendly. Homeowners and professionals in the landscape and agriculture industries can all get involved in reducing the amount of toxic chemicals released … […]

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Slugs

GET RID OF SLUGS Having trouble with slugs in your garden? They are members of the mollusk family and not insects. Their one inch long soft bodies are covered with a slimy mucus membrane causing them to be unattractive from the human point of view. They are fast eaters of leafy green plants and therefore … […]

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Spider Mites

A spider mite is not really an insect; it is closely related to spiders and ticks. The spider mite has a one-piece body, eight legs, antennae, compound eyes, and no wings. Even though it is almost microscopic, the damage caused can be tremendous if a large number of spider mites feast on your plants. They … […]

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Spiders Good and Bad

The typical home gardener is not likely to run across lions, tigers or bears. Hopefully, however, he or she will run across spiders. In fact, spiders can be found in all healthy gardens. With the exception of the brown recluse and black widow, few spiders are dangerous to humans. But, these creatures are dangerous to … […]

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Poison Ivy

POISON IVY If it’s February and you are itching and trying not to scratch, a condition I’m unfortunately too familiar with, you may have contacted poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans). Having recognized in early childhood that I was super-sensitive to poison oak/ivy, I learned to identify and avoid that plant. I thought. I confused it with … […]

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Moles

Moles In The Landscape (Part I) Friend or Foe? Although there are other species, the most common mole in our East Texas sandy soil landscape is the Eastern Mole, a relatively small but robust, short brown-furred mammal that can tunnel in the right soil conditions at speeds of 15 feet per hour and can consume … […]

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Fleas

Fleas are tiny insects with hind legs modified for jumping. Fleas can attack pets and people. Bites, which turn red and itch, are mostly on the lower legs. Most adult fleas live on the animal host (pets or other animals in the area). Eggs, larva and pupae are found in carpets and areas where pets … […]

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