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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Mosquito Season Update: August 2017

Even though the long summer days are numbered we’re still in the heart of mosquito season. It’s a precarious time when the threat of mosquito-borne diseases is on everyone’s mind. Last year the Zika virus was added to the list of diseases, but what about this mosquito season? Do you still need to worry about Zika and…

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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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All About Wood-Boring Bees: Carpenter Bees in AL

We talk a lot about getting rid of termites because they are so destructive and can devastate a home. But there’s another wood-boring insect that can also wreak havoc inside your walls. We’re talking about carpenter bees. August is Honeybee Awareness Month, but homeowners should really be on the lookout for carpenter bees that are making a…

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How to Properly Fill and Clean Hummingbird Feeders

Few things are as majestic as fluttering, jewel-colored hummingbirds. These pint-sized birds are fascinating to watch as they hover above flowers looking for nectar. Another common food source that attracts hummingbirds is a man-made feeder. Even if you don’t have much yard space for flowers, a hummingbird feeder can be hung to encourage the little…

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Types of Scorpions in Alabama

When you hear the word “scorpions” one of two things may come to mind – the German powerhouse rock band and the desert. In reality, scorpions can be found all over the U.S., including Alabama. In 2014 alone, the Regional Poison Control Center reported 196 scorpion stings. In fact, scorpions dole out more venomous stings…

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What to do When Your Trees Are Full of Silk Worms

In mid-summer caterpillars and worms are in abundance. It’s also the time of year when massive webs begin showing up in trees. These webs aren’t the result of a horrifically huge spider. They’re the byproduct of fall webworms, also commonly referred to as silkworms. However, true silkworms feed solely on the leaves of white mulberry…

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Building a Bat House in Your Yard

Bat in the tropical rainforest Malaysia Langkawi. Bats have really gotten a bad wrap. Thanks to horror movies and fear of rabies, most people mistakenly believe bats are out to swoop down and attack a person, which couldn’t be further from the truth. The vast majority of bats want nothing to do with humans and…

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Alabama Pests: All About Catalpa Worms

Alabama’s insect population includes thousands of bugs. Some of them are common while others are completely unknown to the general population. One bug that many locals have seen before but know little about is the catalpa worm, which actually isn’t a worm at all. Today, we’re giving catalpa worms the attention they deserve. Some people…

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