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Mosquito Season is Here – Public Urged to Take Precautions

Mosquito Season is Here – Public Urged to Take Precautions

Hulett Environmental offers tips to prevent mosquito bites when outdoors this summer 

Warmer weather is finally here and South Florida residents are no doubt spending more time outdoors. However, with increased outdoor activity, the public is at risk of becoming a meal for summer’s most dangerous and pesky pest – the mosquito. As such, Hulett Environmental Services a pest management company servicing Southern Florida, is urging the public to take preventative measures to protect themselves and their families.

Mosquitoes are emerging early across the country due to recent rainfall and an increase in temperatures,” Greg Rice, at Hulett Environmental Services. “With the threat of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, it’s important for people to take the necessary precautions to prevent mosquito bites when spending time outdoors in the coming months.”

Hulett Environmental Services offers the following tips to avoid becoming a mosquito meal:

  • Eliminate areas of standing water around the home such as flowerpots, birdbaths, baby pools, grill covers and other objects where water collects. Mosquitoes need only about a ½ inch of water to breed.
  • Screen all windows and doors. Repair even the smallest tear or hole.
  • Minimize outside activity between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. If you must be outside during those times, consider staying inside a screened-in porch or dressing in clothing that leaves very little exposed skin.
  • Avoid wearing dark colors, loose-fitting garments, and open-toe shoes.
  • Always use an insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus when spending time outdoors or traveling, especially in areas known to have increased mosquito populations.
  • If you are concerned about mosquito activity in your area, contact a pest management company or your local mosquito abatement district.

For more information on mosquitoes and other summer pests, please visit http://www.bugs.com/bugs_database/other_bugs/mosquitoes.asp

Outdoor Party
Outdoor Party

For an outdoor event, Hulett has another effective tool in its pest control arsenal to cover large areas. Hulett’s Mosquito Fogging Services which uses the ULV (Ultra Low Volume) foggers to combat and deflect adult mosquito populations outdoors — from backyards to community common areas, condominium properties to businesses — anywhere people may want to gather to enjoy the beautiful South Florida lifestyle.

If you want immediate and effective relief from biting mosquitoes … Call Hulett and ask about the Mosquito Control Program and Mosquito Fogging Service! Used together or separately as need – Mosquitoes don’t stand a chance with Hulett!

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Helpful Lawn Care Tips

Rugose Spiraling Whitefly Control

Rugose Spiraling Whitefly – Customer Information Sheet

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.

Free Spiraling Whitefly Inspection

South Florida has new variety of whitefly referred to as Spiraling whitefly. This fly can affect a wide variety of Florida’s beautiful tropical plants such as:

  • Gumbo Limbo
  • Banana
  • Black Olive Trees
  • Mango trees
  • A wide variety of Palms
  • Live oak, some shrubs such as copperleaf, cocoplum and wax myrtle
  • And many others

Lawn Pest Control – Save your lawn before it’s too late

Lawn Pest Control
Lawn Pest Control

Most homeowners strive for that perfect lush green lawn and landscaping with bright green tropical plants.  It is a time consuming and labor intensive process which leave you frustrated when it is ruined by bugs and insects.  South Florida is home to several bugs that not only do damage to your lawn, but pose health and safety risks as well.  It’s essential you get your lawn treated from a professional to ensure your family’s safety and preserve your hard work.

Fire Ants

Fire Ants are a common insect in South Florida that can attack humans and pets.  They not only attack, but with force with hundreds and sometimes thousands in a colony. According to a there are several varieties of fire ants that thrive in the warm climate of South Florida.  One variety is a mound building type that can wreak havoc on your landscaping building mounds up to 18 inches in diameter.  It is essential that you get your lawn treated when you first see these ants or before to prevent a colony from forming.

Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers are a common outdoor insect that most homeowners don’t think of as a pest.  In some areas their population can become out of control and they do severe damage to common landscaping plants.  They constantly feed on green vegetation and often times the plants you cherish and maintain on a regular basis.

Whitefly

There are two types of in southern Florida which affect a variety of trees and plants including ficus, palms and some fruit trees. Symptoms of an infestation include a large number of small white-colored flies, discolored leaves or an excessive amount of fallen leaves or branches. Treatment for these is necessary as they not only damage your landscaping but can affect your outdoor pool and ponds.

If you are concerned about your lawn or have an existing pest problem at 866-611-2847 or online to schedule your free lawn analysis and receive a $50.00 coupon

Common lawn insect pests

Common lawn insect pests

Even though mole crickets may injure any of the lawn grasses we grow in Florida, Bermuda, bahia and centipede are most severely damaged. Mole crickets are active in North Florida spring through fall. The best window of opportunity to control them is June and July.

Soap flush is a technique to check for mole crickets. Mix 2 ounces of liquid dishwashing soap in 2 gallons of water and apply with a sprinkling can to 4 square feet of turf in several areas where mole crickets are suspected. If two to four mole crickets surface within three minutes, then a treatment is probably needed.

Chinch bugs only damage St. Augustinegrass. Chinch bugs are active spring through fall. They are usually found in open sunny areas of the yard during warmer summer weather, particularly if it’s dry.

Inspect a St. Augustine lawn weekly during spring, summer and fall. Look for areas that quickly turn yellow and then straw brown. Part grass at the margin of the yellowed areas and closely examine the soil surface for tiny insects. Immature chinch bugs are pink to bright red and are about the size of a pinhead. Adults are black with white wings and about one-fifth inch long.

Sod webworms’ favor Bermudagrass. They will attack St. Augustinegrass and centipedegrass. They usually are not in North Florida until August and continue to feed on lawns until frost.

The small green caterpillars are no larger than three-quarters inch. They mostly feed at night and are curled up on the soil surface during the day. The grass blades will be notched from their chewing and heavily infested turf may appear mowed.

Spittlebugs attack all turfgrass species but centipedegrass is their favorite. The first generation of adult spittlebugs is abundant in June and the peak population is usually in August to early September.

An early sign of spittlebug activity are masses of white, frothy spittle found in the turf. Each piece of spittle contains a single larva. Infested turf turns yellow and eventually brown. Damage usually first appears in shady areas. As the population builds, the one-quarter inch-long adults are abundant. As you walk through or mow an infested area, numerous adult spittlebugs appear to hop when disturbed (actually, they fly for a short distance). The adults are black with two orange transverse stripes across their wings.

For lawn insect control options, contact the UF/IFAS Extension Office in your county or contact a reputable and licensed pest control company.

Contact Larry Williams at 689-5850 or 689-5050; or e-mail lwilliams@co.okaloosa.fl.us. He is the Extension horticulture agent with the Okaloosa County Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida.