Garden Pest Control

What is the Lifespan of a Termite?

Being the termite experts that we are, we get asked a lot of questions about the wood-devouring pest. A question that we hear often is, how long does a termite live? That question doesn’t have a straightforward answer. There are a number of variables that affect the lifespan of a termite. But generally speaking, termites…

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Alabama Insects That Become Active in Colder Weather

Summer is traditionally known as the high season for most insects. But in Alabama, it sometimes seems like there are more bugs around in the fall when things cool off. There’s a good chance your eyes aren’t deceiving you. For starters, what’s cold for us down in Alabama is considered warm up north by many…

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Fall Landscaping Essentials to Kill Yard Pests

In the fall, there’s nothing like snuggling up with a book on the hammock or relaxing by the fire pit. Until the bugs start buzzing. Here in Alabama and many other areas of the country, insects are still active well into autumn. You can’t speed up the first freeze, but you can use a few…

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Important Yard Work That Prevents Pests in Alabama

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In the pesticide world maintenance is the prevention for yard pests (some of which will come inside once it gets colder). There are many ways to control autumn insects in Alabama through yard work. Keep reading to see our top tips for fall yard maintenance.…

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5 Insects That Are Good For Your Fall Garden

It’s that time of year again! As the summer heat starts to wane, fall garden preparation begins. A garden is a unique micro ecosystem. The soil, the sunlight and the moisture all affect the survival of delicate plants that are trying to take root. Of course, insects also play a role. Novice gardeners sometimes make the mistake…

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Aphids and Ants: The Smallest Insects in Your Yard

Sometimes it’s the tiniest yard pests that create the biggest problems. This is usually the case with aphids and ants. Both of these insects can spell trouble during the summer months if they decide to make a home in your yard – or worse find their way inside. For gardeners in particular, the presence of ants and…

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Why You Shouldn’t Trim Your Bushes in the Summer

As the electric hedge trimmer whirs to life, the only thing on your mind is shaping your bushes so they don’t look like an unruly mess of leaves. You’re already envisioning how immaculate they’ll be when they’re trimmed down and perfectly manicured. What you may not realize is there’s something just beneath the outer edges…

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Plan Your Fall Garden: Plants That Ward off Pests

It’s hard to believe, but it’s already time for Alabama residents to start planning their fall gardens. If you plan things right you can use plants to keep garden pests under control. It’s a process known as companion planting. Gardeners can put certain plants in and around their garden to deter specific bugs that are…

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How to ID Alabama Bugs: Spiders, Snakes & More

You’ll find a lot of insects in Alabama, but do you know what they are? At Vulcan Termite and Pest Control Inc., insect identification is an important part of our business. Before one of our technicians put together a custom pest control plan, they have to know what they’re up against. Below are a few…

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The Rise of Lyme Disease & Other Tick-Borne Illness

In Alabama we’ve experienced our fair share of tick infestations and the health concerns they cause. Like mosquitoes, ticks can transmit diseases, some of which are very serious. Experts are anticipating the tick population could hit an all-time high this year, and the black-legged tick (a.k.a. deer tick) poses the biggest threat. Lyme Disease is…

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