Seeking individuals to participate in integrated pest management survey

Individuals 18 years old and older with a fairly recent experience of insect pests in the home are invited to participate in an online survey relating to integrated pest management.

“The purpose of the survey is to get more complete information on pest management practices and how these affect consumer behavior regarding home pest control,” said Janet Hurley, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist based at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas.

Hurley is leading …

Do I need a pest control company?

First, are you having trouble with pests in or around your home?

If the answer is NO, then you don’t currently need a pest control company.

However, if the answer is YES, then you may or may not need a pest control company. 

Note: this information is not regarding termites; termites are a separate issue that typically need a yearly inspection by a certified pest control company.

If you are having pest problems, the first step …

Maintaining a Mean, Green Lawn using IPM

Mower cutting grass.

Most homeowners enjoy a thick, green lawn, and as the weather gets warmer, keeping that lawn green and clean will get more challenging. Too much water can leave a lawn susceptible to disease, while too little water makes it dry and brown. Soil-borne insects such as grubs can eat the roots, and weeds can make the lawn look unkempt. Many homeowners feel the only way to solve these issues are with loads of chemicals.

Are insecticides and herbicides necessary to …

Tick Prevention

Introduction

Brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus

Brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus

When a tick feeds it takes up whole blood, extracts the
water (about 70-75% volume) and injects the water back
into the host. For this reason, they are efficient vectors
of a variety of disease causing organisms such as bacteria,
spirochetes, rickettsiae, protozoa, viruses, nematodes,
and toxins. A single tick bite can transmit multiple pathogens
as well as creating secondary infections and allergic
reactions. Ticks therefore are the most common transmitters
of vector-borne disease …

How to prevent spiders coming into your home

 

Door threshold.

Spiders are predators that feed on insects and other arthropods. Most often they are quite beneficial to our environment, and are harmless. In the United States,  about 6,000 species have been identified and only two groups occasionally are harmful to humans. Recluse and widow spiders have been associated with significant pathology and very rare reports of death.

First we are going to talk about the types of venomous spiders that you might encounter in the North America, then you …