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Scale Incects

Scale Insects are a wide variety of insects that don't move as adults, have some kind of covering for their bodies, and feed on the sap of plants. There are two main categories of scales, soft and armored (or hard)…

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Controlling Ants

While ants are a natural part of the environment and can even help loosen soils and make them more fertile, often they are huge pests that can get into our houses or move aphids around on our garden plants. Ants…

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Mosquito

Mosquitos

Mosquitos are not just pests but can be quite dangerous since some species vector diseases such as West Nile Virus. While most are only nuisances, control is often desired so our landscapes and gardens can be fully enjoyed in the…

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Brown Recluse Spider

Controlling Spiders

Spiders can be beneficial in many situations since they eat a host of other insects. Unfortunately, some are also very venomous to humans, and they are also unwelcome indoors and around our landscapes where we might run into their webs.…

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Chinch Bugs

This small insect is a true bug and can be a major turf pest some years. Chinch bugs feed on turf June through September so their feeding can often look like drought stress, brown patch, or grub damage. Adults will…

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Ferli•lome Winterizer

Winterizing Lawns

Fall is the best time to fertilize fescue lawns. During the fall, fescue grass uses fertilizer to develop a stronger root system and store energy for the following year. A lawn properly fed in the fall will be healthier and…

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Sun Scald

Sun Scald

Wrap the trunks of newly planted maples during the winter months to prevent sunscald. Sun-scald occurs in the winter when the sun heats the bark on the southwest side of a tree, the tissue breaks dormancy, then when the sun…

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Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy

Poison ivy is a noxious weed that can quickly spread in shady and unmaintained areas of the landscape. Poison ivy can grow as a groundcover, as a vine up the trunks of trees, and even as a bush in some…

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Bindweed

Field Bindweed

Field bindweed is a noxious weed that can invade lawns and landscapes and is very difficult to eradicate. Bindweed is a vine with wiry stems and oval or arrow-shaped leaves that quickly twines around shrubs, grasses, fences, and anything else…

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Mealybugs

Mealybugs

This insect is a major pest on greenhouse plants and houseplants but will occasionally affect plants in the landscape too. These insects are white and often fuzzy or dusty looking. They are usually found on the undersides of leaves or…

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