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Do I have Chinch Bugs

Do I have Chinch Bugs? We are approaching the finish line of the summer season, a time period when chinch bugs set out to deliver destruction to many homeowner’s lawns.
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Heat Exposure and Technician Safety

Heat Exposure and Technician Safety Heat Related Issues, heat Exhaustion and Heat Exposure.
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IGRs and Tekko Technology

IGRs and Tekko Technology The potential of insect growth regulators (IGRs) to control pest populations depends on their ability to stop molting, metamorphosis and reproduction.  Two common classes of IGRs are juvenoids and chitin synthesis inhibitors (CSIs) which are designed to affect the insect’s natural hormonal system regulating molting, metamorphosis, and reproduction and ultimately manage pest populations.   
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How to Effectively Apply Pressurized Solutions Aerosols

How to Effectively Apply Pressurized Solutions Aerosols Knock 'em dead on the first shot. Typically, when we think of stinging insects, we think wasps, hornets, and bees. These guys are pests, and they threaten your customers and their peace of mind. But these pesky insects don’t stand a chance against CSI’s new family of Pressurized Solutions. Here’s how to apply aerosols in a way that gets you happier customers and hopefully more referrals.
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Battling Brown Patch in the Transition Zone

Battling Brown Patch in the Transition Zone Record Temps are NOT Helping Major things are happening all across the Transition zone, the zone that can grow all types of turf grasses but struggles to grow them well… Temperatures went from being cooler than normal to one of the hottest Mays into July on record.
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Peak Period for Grub Damage

Peak Period for Grub Damage 'Tis the Season It is that time of year where the annual beetles are starting their flight. Both Japanese beetles and masked chaffers have been seen.  Japanese beetles are more of a day time flyer and can be seen on different ornamentals as they feed and cause significant damage to these plants. 
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6 Things You May Not Know About Mosquito Bites

6 Things You May Not Know About Mosquito Bites Only the female mosquitoes feed on blood. Female mosquito mouthparts are highly adapted to feed on blood. They resemble a flexible needle that is pierced into the skin. Male mosquitoes are nectar feeders only. Your blood is used for reproduction. Female mosquitoes feed on blood and then use that blood meal and protein for egg production. Essentially, when you are bitten by a mosquito you are feeding the next generation of mosquitoes! Mosquito saliva goes undetected. When a female mosquito feeds, she is injecting saliva into the skin. This saliva acts as an anesthetic so the host doesn’t know they are being bitten, improving the chances of the mosquito escaping unscathed. Mosquito saliva also is an anticoagulant. The blood doesn’t clog their syringe-like mouthparts, allowing the blood to flow freely. Mosquito saliva causes the welt. When you have a raised welt and itchy sensation after a mosquito bites you, you are reacting to the saliva that has been injected into your skin. An anti-histamine cream can work wonders relieving the itch. Eggs can be found near water. A mosquito female can lay upwards of 200 eggs in her life and she must lay them in or near water. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae, known as wigglers, are filter feeders. They feed on small food particles in the water such as microorganisms, algae, bacteria – basically anything small enough to fit in their mouths. Unlike other aquatic organisms, mosquito larvae cannot breathe underwater – they lack gills. Mosquito larvae obtain oxygen using a siphon – a type of snorkel – that breaks the surface tension of the water surface. Larvae molt a total of 4 times before beginning the transformation to the adult stage. This transformation stage, known as the pupal stage or tumblers.
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Controlling Mosquitoes in the Summer

Controlling Mosquitoes in the Summer Have a mosquito problem?  Who doesn’t?!  For most of the country, summer means mosquitoes.  But take heart!  Here’s some steps you can take to still enjoy the season.
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How To Safely and Properly Remove a Tick

How To Safely and Properly Remove a Tick What NOT To Do There are many “wives” tales or folklore surrounding the correct way to remove a tick that has embedded itself into your (or another animal’s) skin. Living in the south, these at home techniques range from silly to dangerous.  Here are just a few I have heard over the years:
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Diseases You May Be Battling in the North

Diseases You May Be Battling in the North
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