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Examining The Effectiveness Of Bird Netting For The Control Of Avian Species

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

The features and advantages of bird netting for avian control programs are many and varied. For airports or areas that need to ensure that bird populations either do not get out of hand or do not interfere with vital transportation or other activities, going with such netting — which generally is very cost-effective — can make a great deal of sense.

Bird netting — in specific terms — is looked upon as a more sensible way of controlling large populations of birds that — when left uncontrolled — might interfere with any number of human activities. This can include interfering with agricultural processes, aviation and a number of other functions that seem to attract birds, for some reason.

Usually, one will also see netting in aviaries or bird sanctuaries, where it is employed to separate different bird species or to keep humans from interfering with the daily activities of the birds within the aviary or sanctuary. It also can be used to keep migratory bird species and their flocks from congregating in large numbers. It will convince them, in some cases, to reroute their migration patterns as well.

The Two Divisions Of Plants Bugs

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Plant bug insects can be divided roughly into two groups, namely : (a) those that bite and chew their food and (b) those that possess a sucking tube through which they extract their food by means of piercing the leaves of plants. Too bad they are not equipped with a loud speaking tube too, then we’d know when the pesky critters were at work.”

To combat leaf-chewing insects, stomach poison controls must be applied to the attacked plants. Of these the most common are Sevin. Today on the shelves of many garden supply stores you will see innumerable brands displayed, all concocted by chemical companies according to their experience and tests. All these branded controls are made available through laborious modern scientific research. Some stomach controls are nonpoisonous to humans and animals. That is one reason we like going organic with a natural product like neem oil as an insecticide.

To combat sucking insects contact poisons and nonpoisonous controls must be applied to the attacked plants. Of these the most common are malathion, horticultural oil, and insecticidal soaps. Today on the shelves of garden supply and retail nurseries you will see innumerable brands displayed, all concocted by well known chemical companies in their modern research laboratories. Most are available either in powder or liquid forms.

Issues In Spraying Grape

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Some efficiency expert is always talking about “killing two birds with one stone.” I’d like to dispatch a couple of rabbits with one rock. Right now there is bountiful food for them everywhere, but they insist on nibbling at the geraniums.

Last season our neighbor found a nest of baby rabbits. They were so “cute.” That no one can deny. But the other evening I heard strong muttering about what all the pesky rabbits were doing. They talk about chickens coming home to roost, but this is a case of bunnies coming home to feed.

The grapes put out last year are going to have a small amount of fruit this fall. Had I been able to find time (always the perfect excuse) to get the trellis wire strung up last year when the plants were set, I think they would have done considerably better.

I tried to start some grapes several years ago. Maybe you can learn from my experience. In spraying for bind-weed (some call it wild sweet potato, wild morning glory, creeping Jenny, etc.) I found that grape leaves are VERY susceptible to weed killers, even when the spray doesn’t touch them.

Tips On How To Start Your Planting Season

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

There is no need of envying your neighbor’s roses for being free from disease when you can have yours the same way by starting with a spray pest control program as soon as the new growth is a few inches high. This should be done once a week and after each heavy rain. Old timers prefer dusting over spraying… but that is not very green friendly.

For them dusting was so much easier and quicker. They would use a two-quart dust gun with a three-foot extension tube so they could reach into their rose beds whether they had flowers, roses or whatever. They also used and all purpose dust mixture which contained chemicals like: ferbam, sulfur, DDT, aramite and rotenone… all of which are only a memory. Their version of dusting was like a lady powdering her nose… just enough to take off the shine, but not enough to be seen.

Summering the Amaryllis

Do not attempt to rush the season by setting out tender plants before the ground has warmed up and before all danger of frost has passed… this includes dahlias, tuberous begonias, and the more tender annual plants like ageratum, flowering begonias, geraniums, impatiens (or sultana if you prefer to call it that), fancy leaf caladiums, callas, potted plants of amaryllis or any others that may be damaged or at least stunted by frost or cold weather.

Pest Control In The South

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

June may be bride’s month to many people, but to the busy southern gardener, it is “groom” month. Lawns – Watering, fertilizing and mowing make up the grooming operations for the lawn this month. The effect of nitrogen fertilizer applied in April will have about worn off by now and a light feeding is necessary.

Few gardeners realize that an average grass plant in one season may make as much as two or three feet of vegetative growth. This plus the fact that over 300 grass plants are on each square foot of lawn area make it easy to realize why regular feedings are necessary to maintain beautiful lawns. Regular applications to the lawn area will maintain good color. Irrigate your lawn, do not sprinkle. Thorough soaking once per week should be sufficient. Mow frequently and to the proper height. The average height of cut for Bermuda grass lawns should be 1 1/2 to two inches. Most people mow much lower and are not aware of it.

Get Outside This Weekend And Get To Work

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

By this time of the year when the cold weather starts to peep in, I seem to be a little slower and lazier than normal. I would rather just curl up inside the house and wait for spring to come. I constantly comfort myself of the fact that soon enough, the snow and ice will leave us again and before we even know it, it’s time to get outside and work on the lawn and landscape! With that in mind, why don’t we make a plan?

As early as now, we can decide as to which outdoor chores can be possibly done once the sun comes out again. We can also start thinking or eyeing professionals whom we can ask to take care of our homes.

Below are some outdoor tasks which may want to consider:

Lawn Cutting

If you’re just like me, then I am sure that you enjoy cutting gras on your own and enjoying the very moment of “just being outside.” True enough, there is nothing like the smell of fresh cut grass on a weekend morning. And so as early as now, you better get your mower and have it tuned up. Check the oil, the spark plug and sharpen the blade.

Safety Tips for Killers Bees

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Africanized Honey Bees have become established in Florida. Since their first identification in 2002, Africanized bees have become established in South Florida, West Central Florida and in pockets throughout North Florida. As these bees, also known as “killer bees,” become more common in Florida, the public will need a better understanding of the facts about Africanized honey bees. While they are a bit more dangerous than European bees, a little knowledge and common sense will go a long way toward ensuring everyone’s safety.

Although African bees have been called aggressive, their reactions are actually defensive in nature. Compared to European honey bees, they swarm in defense in larger numbers, they defend a much larger territory, and they chase intruders much further. Regular honey bees may chase you about 50 yards, while Africanized bees will continue chasing for 150-200 yards or more. Unsuspecting animals and humans may be caught by surprise and seriously hurt by killer bees.

Can you visually tell a killer bee from a European bee? No. The two types are so similar that even bee experts can’t tell the difference. Both have black stripes around their abdomen and fuzzy bodies. The only way to distinguish between them is to do a genetic analysis or do a host of body measurements. Avoiding all bees is the safest way to avoid Africanized bees.

Getting the Best Exterminator in Town

Friday, December 19th, 2008

In any city there are dozens of pest control companies, including in cities like Toronto, Canada. The biggest question is to how to go about selecting on of these professionals and what to look for in an exterminator. It is important to select someone who knows what they are doing because if you don’t get the correct person to do the service this will result in you wasting your precious money. These are some tips that will help you select the right person that will do pest control for you.

1.Searching for one. You can open the yellow pages and start going through all the pest control service providers in your area. This way you will find all the businesses that are listed under pest control, pest management or even exterminators in your city. This way can help but it isn’t necessarily efficient. Another effective way of searching for a pest control expert in your area is to go online and search for one. This way you can read reviews on the pest control companies in your vicinity. You should also select a pest control expert that have specific experience with the pest you want to exterminate

Pest Control-A Solution To Household Pests

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Pests are easily the most annoying creatures of earth. From cockroaches and rats to crows and squirrels, there are a lot of animals that can be characterized as a pest in a particular field of work or at the comforts of ones home. Thanks to the availability of many pest control sites and services, a lot of people and surroundings have been saved from possible demolition.

Pest control has been around for ages and the method used to eliminate or control a pest depends on what kind of pest needs to be controlled. If it is a insect then completely different strategies are to be used than in the case were the pest was an animal.

The type of pest control used to control a pest also depends on where pest control will be exercised. If there is a need for pest management in an agricultural area then the approach will be different than a pest management method used to deal with a pest problem in a home.

In order to bring about a solution for the growing agricultural concern, scientific mechanics such as mixed cropping and crop rotation have been inculcated in different farms. Some also go through the process of breeding specific cultivated plants so as to stow crops away from lurking pests.

Termite FAQs

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

How much do you know about termites? Here are a few commonly asked questions and answers.

Q: How many types of termites are there? A: Over 2600 species have been identified by experts. Of those only 55 live in the U.S. Homeowners only have to worry about 2 types: subterranean termites and drywood termites.

Q: How are those 2 types of termites different? A: Termites, like ants, are social insects, and like ants, they live in colonies. The different types of termites build their nests in different locations. Subterranean termites depend on moisture in the earth to survive, so they build underground nests and tunnel through the earth feed on homes nearby. Drywood termites, get their moisture from sources in and around the property they’re feeding on, so they nest inside the structures themselves.

Q: How will I know if my property has termites? And, if so, what kind? A: Subterranean termites may be detected when they swarm, typically in the spring, when some termites leave their nests to start more colonies. Subterranean termites may also be detected when their mud tubes are seen on walls or foundations. Both types of termites may leave weak, broken, or blistered wood. Drywood termites can leave wings or piles of what looks like sawdust on floors and windowsills.

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