Most mosquitos are small enough that you hardly notice them as they invade your space and bite your legs and arms. But the American Gallinipper is different. This monster mosquito is about six times larger than the size of a common mosquito, and its bite is that much more painful. Though it’s been a few years since Florida was invaded by the Gallinipper, it’s important to always stay alert for these pests.
How to Recognize a Gallinipper
The Gallinipper can most easily be recognized for its impressive size and aggressive nature. It is about the size of a quarter with feathery dark scales on its hind legs. You are most likely to see Gallinippers after major floods or hurricanes in Florida, since they are known as “flood mosquitos.”
Female Gallinippers lay their eggs in the cracks of dry soil at the edges of ponds, streams, and other bodies of water that are most likely to overflow with heavy rains. The eggs can actually remain dry and dormant for years until high waters help them hatch. Read more
Summer in the south means many things: lazy beach days, humid weather, and yes, mosquitos. If you want to have the freedom to enjoy your deck or patio on warm summer evenings without doubling as a mosquito’s chew toy, it is essential that you schedule pest control services to target and eliminate the mosquitos on and around your property. Here are the secrets you will want to know for truly successful mosquito control.
Remember the Dangers of Mosquitos
We are all familiar with mosquitos that cause itchy, red bumps and temporary discomfort. Children, adults, and pets are all equally vulnerable to mosquito bites. But it is important to remember that mosquitos pose a much larger threat due to the diseases and parasites they sometimes carry. Mosquitos have a history of bringing disease from across the globe into Florida and spreading those diseases through bites: West Nile Virus, Dengue, and Encephalitis, just to name a few. Pest control is key to keeping your family and friends safe. Read more
Carpenter ants are widely misunderstood creatures that commonly - and incorrectly - receive the same blame for structural damage as termites. However, the truth is that carpenter ants are only attracted to wood with existing damage. By understanding exactly what draws carpenter ants into your home, you can better understand how to tackle an infestation.
A Quick Introduction to Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants are one of multiple varieties of ants found in Florida. The specific type of carpenter ant that lives in the Sunshine State is known as either the Buckley or the Emery based upon body structure. As the largest ants found in Florida, carpenter ants are hard to miss as they forage or fly indoors and outdoors. Read more
Many areas throughout the United States have been gripped by strange and unexpected weather patterns during the first three months of 2018. Florida is no exception; northern Florida even saw snow in January! Much of the Sunshine State experienced freezing temperatures this winter as well, which led to adverse effects on the warm season turf grasses covering the yards of most Florida homeowners.
Now that winter has lifted its shadow and spring has arrived, here are the most important lessons learned from the Florida frost of 2018.
Browning Is Okay, But Remain Cautious
Your warm season turf grass most likely turned brown when frost arrived. This looks alarming, but it simply signals that your turf reverted into a dormant state. Browning is normal for this time of year and to be expected given the low temperatures recently. Read more
Florida’s climate isn’t exactly known for being gentle to your grass. The proper irrigation of your lawn is essential to protect it from the harsh Tampa sunshine, especially in the spring when the weather is dry. By diligently watering your lawn with the right frequency and water quantity, you will help your lawn remain vibrant and healthy for many, many years to come.
Water With the Early Birds
You cannot simply water your lawn whenever you roll out of bed or get home from work and expect perfect results. Due to the strength of the sun in Florida, watering your grass early in the morning is the very best and most effective time of day. This allows your lawn to absorb all of the water it needs without losing too much to excessive and rapid evaporation. Watering early in the morning also ensures that water doesn’t sit for too long on the grass and accelerate the development of disease from excess moisture. Read more
Flies are notoriously annoying and bothersome, but the Whitefly brings that reputation to an entirely new level. Officially called the Bemisia tabaci, the Whitefly is considered a major invasive species throughout Florida and even worldwide. Homeowners, landscape professionals, business owners, and the general public all experience the problems that Whiteflies cause across the Florida community. If you are a home or business owner, the best (and only!) way to manage Whiteflies on your property is to hire a pest company to consistently treat your plant materials.
Identifying Whiteflies on Your Property
Whiteflies are most common on houseplants. They suck sap from the underside of leaves and cause plants to become weak and vulnerable to disease. Fortunately, there are many ways to identify the presence of whiteflies and begin a treatment routine. Read more
There are many different household pests that have the potential to invade your home at any given moment. Some can be removed quickly, while others are stubborn and evasive. The weevil is one of the most difficult pests to eradicate. To prevent a nightmare pest infestation, arm yourself with information about weevils, learn how recognize them, and don’t wait to call a professional pest control company to get them out of your home!
What Are Weevils?
Weevils are types of beetles that can occur in many shapes and colors. However, their most distinctive feature is the shape of their heads. As an adult, every weevil has an elongated head with a snout. The rice weevil is one type of weevil that commonly appears in homes. They are small black bugs that sneak into the home in grains and pasta. Read more
You may never have heard the word anthocyanin before, but you most certainly recognize the effects they have on plants. Anthocyanins are water-soluble phytochemicals found in the tissues of plants like leaves, stems, flowers, and fruits. Since anthocyanins are natural pigments that range from dark red to blue to indigo, they are found in numerous plants and fruits, like blueberries and red grapes.
Health Benefits of Anthocyanins
When eaten in berries and other fruits, anthocyanins offer powerful health benefits. They are known to improve cardiovascular health by acting on the different cells that lead to the development of atherosclerosis. Anthocyanins can even inhibit the creation and progression of cancer tumor cells by stopping the growth of pre-malignant cells. Furthermore, anthocyanins offer anti-inflammatory effects that are helpful after an injury or disease. Next time you go grocery shopping, consider adding a few pints of blueberries to your cart! Read more
The weather has cooled down, the sun has lessened its intensity, and yet you still find unsightly brown patches all over your lawn. Brown patches are frustrating problems that can ruin the attractive lawn you’ve worked so hard to cultivate. What problem are you dealing with, and what solution do you need?
A Fungus Called Rhizoctonia
Rhizoctonia is the culprit for the brown patches on your lawn. This fungus survives winter in plant debris, enters the leaf tissue through openings made by mowing, and spreads quickly. It can actually infect your lawn long before you see the signs, so you won’t realize you have a problem you need to solve. However, the high daytime and nighttime temperatures that are so prevalent in Florida place grass under stress. This stress triggers the Rhizoctonia to become visible immediately. Since Rhizoctonia isn’t picky, it preys on all types of grass, especially those receiving large amounts of fast releasing nitrogen fertilizer. Read more
Many Florida homes and businesses are not blessed with full, green grass in their yards, but fortunately, sod can solve this problem. Sod is grass grown on a farm specifically for the purpose of being harvested with its soil and roots and re-installed on different ground. Autumn is the best time to lay sod in Florida, since the weather is cooler but grass can still take root in the ground. Zoysia sod in particular is an excellent choice for any home or business owner, thanks to its many convenient and attractive qualities. Is it right for your property?
An Introduction to Zoysia
Zoysia is actually native to Asia, but it was brought to the United States in the late 19th century. It is classified as a warm-season grass, which means that it begins an active growth phase in the warmth of late spring and peaks during Florida’s famously hot summer climate. Since it is perennial, it grows back every year, and its impressive heat tolerance allows it to thrive in the humid southeast. Read more