The governor of this state has elected to name June as official pest control month. The point of making June a special month is to primarily honor all those hardworking, reputable termite and other pest control specialists who check, inspect, and treat difficult pest problems. It is also arranged to build up some public awareness as to the role they should be playing in pest control themselves.
The following will explain some ways in which you can prevent pests or fight them once they become a problem. Don't hurry out to buy and apply an insecticide as soon as you see the first insect in your garden. There are many insects that look mean, but is very possible that they will do nothing to harm your garden. As larva they might chow down on the garden mulch or even other bugs, but that will end when they reach adulthood. You will not be able to determine what sort of harm something may cause unless you know what it is. There are countless pest controllers who can help you determine which insects are pests or not, you could even use the extension office, the entomologists at the state university or simply look online.
Also find out if they actually cause damage to garden crops and, if so, whether there are ways to stop them that don't involve using chemicals. Some natural methods could involve installing door and window screens, cleaning out breeding sites or caulking around your home. If you do find yourself using pesticides, make sure to apply them according to the labeling. If you don't, you could harm yourself, your pets, plants, loved ones and even your neighbors' plants. This extension service routinely releases up-to-date suggestions on which controls should be utilized on certain pests, as well as how to implement their use efficiently and without harm.
Use insecticides in the correct place and at the correct time. For example not all insects can be eradicated the same way, some insects will only be stopped by spraying the underside of leaves. Others will only be affected if you spray certain fruits and vegetables, or the top of the leaves. If it turns out you have to use a pesticide, and your applications are timed correctly, you should be able to control some of your insect problems spraying before the infestation has a chance to develop. Any future handling may end up being superfluous contamination.
Once you learn the different life cycles of particular pests you will understand that some are immune to pesticides at certain points in their life. In order to follow correct pest control practices, you will also have to make sure that you spray the chemicals so that you don't infect your neighbors yard or harm any advantageous local species, like honeybees. Honeybees are important for the life of your garden, without honeybees you will be hard pressed to successfully grow vegetables, 60% of those planted in your garden would fail or suffer in quality and quantity.
Vegetables will bloom in the morning and be closed by the middle of the afternoon. With this in mind you should restrain your pest eradication attempts until the blooms have all closed and are no longer bringing bees to the area. Avoid using surplus pesticide chemicals you have owned for more than a year, as these tend to lose their potency with the passing of time. Some people will double up on the amount they use to counter the loss in strength but this is a bad idea. This is a bad idea, all it will do is harm your plants because of what the insecticides is carried in. If it turns out that you can't get the insect invaders under control no matter what you do, then it's time to call in a specialist in pest control who has training and experience in such difficult situations and will know what to do.
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