How to choose a pest control professional

Choosing a pest control professional to share in identification and treatment responsibilities for a possible pest infestation is an important decision for your business. The recommendations provided below will help you to better understand how to select a pest control professional and make a decision that best serves your business:

  • Always work with a qualified, licensed pest control professional in your area; evaluate companies that are members of national, state or local pest management associations.
  • Ask other business owners to recommend pest control companies they have used successfully and how satisfied they were with the service.
  • If a sizable amount of money is involved, get bids from several pest management firms.
  • Don’t rush a decision. Since you are paying for professional knowledge and skill, look for someone whose judgment you can trust.
  • Before signing a contract, be sure to fully understand the nature of the pest, the extent of the infestation, and the work necessary to solve the problem.
  • Buy value, not price. Beware of bargains that sound too good to be true.

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Rugose Spiraling Whitefly

Rugose Spiraling Whitefly Control

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Rugose Spiraling Whitefly – Customer Information Sheet

In March, 2009, a whitefly (Aleurodicus rugioperculatus Martin: Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae), was collected in Miami‐Dade County from gumbo limbo. This was the first report of this insect on the U.S. continent and it is believed to originate from Central America. Since the initial find, there have been numerous other reports, all in Miami‐Dade County. It will likely spread to other southern Florida counties.

The most noticeable symptoms of an infestation of this whitefly is the abundance of
the white, waxy material covering the leaves and also excessive sooty mold. Like other similar insects, these whiteflies will produce “honeydew”, a sugary substance, which causes the growth of sooty mold. The actual effect of an infestation on the health of a plant is unknown; however, whiteflies in general can cause plant decline, defoliation and branch dieback.
What are Whiteflies?
They are small, winged insects that belong to the Order Hemiptera which also includes aphids, scales, and mealybugs. These insects typically feed on the underside of leaves with their “needle-like” mouthparts. Whiteflies can seriously injure host plants by sucking nutrients from the plant causing wilting, yellowing, stunting, leaf drop, or even death. There are more than 75 different whiteflies reported in Florida.
NOTE: This is not the same whitefly (ficus whitefly) that is currently causing defoliation and branch dieback of ficus in south Florida. via UFL

Rugose Spiraling Whitefly Control

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The scorpionfly

Though this may look like a clever photoshop at first, this unusual-looking insect is the common scorpionfly. The scorpionfly has several distinctive features, particularly its long “beak” and a tail that gives them their name. The beak has tiny jaws situated at the end, and during mating the male presents the female with a gift of saliva in the hope she will mate with him instead of killing him.

Despite what you may think when you see that tail, scorpionflies don’t sting. The tail is not even a weapon. It is actually the male fly’s genitals and a pair of claspers, and does not appear on the female. Assuming his gift of saliva has been well received, the male uses these to hold the female in place so they can mate.

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