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 …

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 …

How Do I Begin to Use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) In My Home

 

Introduction to Home Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

How do you begin to use Integrated Pest Management in your home? We suggest that you begin with exclusion and then move on to the other tasks (methods of IPM) listed below. Each plays an intimate role in aiding in the elimination and prevention of pests.

Keeping Pests Outside By Using Exclusion Methods

  • Exclusion refers to blocking entry points for pests such as caulking around windows, making sure door sweeps are tightly