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What Is the Boxelder Bug, and How Can You Control It?

October 20th, 2019

The boxelder bug is an insect that is native to the female boxelder tree. While it is completely harmless, it can be quite an annoyance in the fall when they seek shelter from the cold and in the spring when hibernation ends. Here is what you need to know about the boxelder bug and how to control the problem.

How They Get In

Boxelder bugs typically get into homes through gaps around windows, doors, vents, and rooflines. These bugs can travel up to two or three blocks from their host boxelder tree. They will often travel to the nearest home; and if they can’t get in, they will move to the next. Once they have gotten inside, it can be very difficult to remove them. Read more

Benefits and Advantages of In2Care Mosquito Traps

October 10th, 2019

Mosquitos are a huge problem for many homeowners in Florida. While mosquito treatments for your home and lawn are available, many of these treatments have some disadvantages such as wearing off every two weeks or being washed away by rain. Now there is a new mosquito control treatment in In2Care mosquito traps. Here are their advantages and benefits.

What Are In2Care Mosquito Traps?

In2Care mosquito traps are a treatment that prevents mosquitoes from populating the area for a longer period of time than traditional spray treatments. The way that the mosquito traps work is that they have larvicide inside them. The mosquitoes go into the trap, get the larvicide on their legs, and transfer it around the property to kill larvae in prime breeding grounds. The traps do not lose their effectiveness regardless of the weather. Read more

Helpful Tips to Reduce Mosquitoes Around Your Home

September 20th, 2019

Mosquitos are a real problem in the summer and early fall in Florida. It is important that you do what you can to keep the mosquito population down. Not only are mosquito bites an irritation for you and your family, but they also carry diseases that can affect the rest of your life. Here are some tips to reduce mosquitoes around your home.

Clean Gutters

Mosquitoes like areas that are moist or have standing water. If you don’t clean your gutters on a regular basis, they can hold moisture and water and attract mosquitoes. Cleaning your gutters is something you should be doing anyway that can make a big impact on the local mosquito population. Read more

Hillsborough County Offered Free Mosquito Fish to Reduce Mosquito Population

September 10th, 2019

The Hillsborough County Mosquito Management Division works with the Tampa Bay region and the rest of the county to reduce the mosquito population and make the area safer from mosquito-borne illnesses. To that end, they have several different programs throughout the year that are designed to help resolve this problem.

This summer, this division of the county offered residents in six different areas the ability to get free mosquito fish to reduce the mosquito population in the area. The mosquito fish were distributed in July, August, and September. The initiative seems to be working, with fewer mosquitos in the area. Read more

Eastern Equine Encepahalitis Detected in Florida

August 20th, 2019

Mosquitoes can carry a number of diseases, some more serious than others. One of the rarer diseases that mosquitoes carry is eastern equine encephalitis. This disease has recently been discovered in chickens in the state of Florida. This means that mosquitoes in the state of Florida may carry this disease.

What Is Eastern Equine Encephalitis?

This disease is one that doesn’t often affect humans. Typically, animals such as horses and chickens can get the disease from mosquitoes. However, a small percentage of humans can and do get the disease. This disease is very deadly, causing an infection in the brain. It is very important that you protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes in Florida while this disease is possible. Read more

The Stubborn and Slow-Moving Lovebug

August 10th, 2019

The lovebug is an annoyance, but little more. Originally, the lovebug was found in Central America, but it found its way to the southern states. Anyone living in the southern states has seen hordes of lovebugs, particularly around highways. These insects are not venomous, they do not sting, and they do not typically destroy crops. Most of the time, lovebugs are simply a nuisance, but one that can be highly annoying and is worth trying to fight against.

Where Lovebugs Go

Lovebugs are primarily attracted to decaying plant debris. If you have a compost pile or if you have decaying crop debris after harvesting, you may very well see a swarm of these lovebugs. However, lovebugs also seem to confuse the chemicals in exhaust fumes for plant debris. This combined with the fact that they are attracted to heat are why they are most prevalent on the highways. Read more

Controlling Scale Insects

May 20th, 2019

Many people don’t realize the tiny bumps commonly found on the plant leaves and stems around their home are actually living organisms sucking the life out of their hosts. However, those with experience under their belt are quite aware of those organisms and the risks they pose. Scale insects can ruin your garden and landscaping.

Scale insects are a diverse group of sap-feeding pests with over 180 species in Florida. There are several families of scale insects. Generally, they can be divided into two main groups: armored and soft. Distinguishing between the two is important, because it will affect how efficient and effective you are at controlling them.

Armored scale insects feed on the contents of cells just under the surface of leaves and bark, and excrete their waste in the form of a protective waxy cover. This cover can be removed to reveal the soft-bodied insect feeding beneath. Once female armored scales begin to feed on a host plant, they will remain immobile in that location for the remainder of their life. Even after death, the scale insect cover may remain on the plant for several years. Read more

Final Feed Mosquito Bait: Revolutionary Advance in Mosquito Control

May 10th, 2019

The manufacturer Univar is introducing a new revolutionary mosquito control bait that could be a game-changer for households and property managers everywhere. This new mosquito control, called Final Feed mosquito bait, uses natural ingredients backed by science to rid your property of mosquitoes once and for all.

What is Final Feed?

Final Feed is a new mosquito bait that uses natural ingredients backed by science. Garlic has been known to work as a mosquito repellent and killer for centuries, and this has been proven to be effective by recent scientific studies. Final Feed uses garlic to suppress the blood appetites of mosquitoes, killing most of them quickly.

Final Feed is a two-part compound that is used to attract and kill mosquitoes in the area. Natural sweeteners are used to attract the mosquitoes to the bait, causing them to ingest it. Within the bait is microscopic molecules of garlic, which will kill most mosquitoes within one to two days and limits their blood appetite (keeping them from biting) until they finally die. Read more

New Tick Species Capable of Transmitting Deadly Disease Spreading in US

March 20th, 2019

Ticks have always been a problem in the United States, but there is a new tick species that has made it into the country that could potentially be very dangerous. There have not been new tick species introduced to the United States in about 80 years. The ticks that are already in the country are capable of carrying several diseases, some of them fatal. This new tick species could potentially be even more dangerous.

Where It Came From

The new tick species, called Haemaphysalis longicornis or the Asian Longhorned Tick, has been in China and other Asian countries for centuries. It has more recently spread throughout Europe, with cases of the ticks being found in Australia, New Zealand, and Russia. With globalization and more people traveling and bringing animals from foreign countries, this tick has made its way into the United States. Read more

Is It Really Termites? Alates and What They Do

March 10th, 2019

When you see small winged insects in your rafters, deck, or other areas of your building, you may think the worst—termites. Termites can be very dangerous, because they eat away the wood of your structure, making it weak. While termites are a real fear, the winged insects you are seeing may not be termites at all. They may be alates.

What Are Alates?

An alate is a small winged insect. It can refer to any winged insect, but in many cases what you are looking at are winged ants. Winged ants are usually the queens of a colony. While a queen ant can be troublesome in a colony of ants, they are usually not self-reliant. If you are only seeing winged alates and not other ants, you may not have too much of a problem at all.

What Do Alates Do?

Winged ants may venture out from the colony to locate a new location for the colony. If you see alates in your home, you may be quickly looking at an ant infestation. If the queen ant is alone, and no other ants follow her, you will find that she quickly dies out on her own. Alates are not able to survive without the colony to protect and feed them. Read more