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Common Florida Outdoor Pests

No doubt South Florida is a tropical paradise; our lawns and yards display exotic tropical plants, beautiful palms, and lush lawns. Lawns and yards in South Florida provide an oasis for most homeowners and their families and unfortunately, numerous outdoor pests also thrive in these spaces. Among the common Florida outdoor pests, chinch bugs can cause major plant damage. Feeding on the undersides of leaves, whiteflies often attack and even kill ficus trees and hedges, causing plant leaves to yellow or drop off entirely, often covering the plant with a flocculent, white sticky material.

Those lovely hibiscus flowers in your yard are vulnerable to mealybugs that can seriously injure and attack host plants. Fire ants can cause major crop damage and also endanger people and pets with bites that range from painful to potentially fatal. Some of these South Florida pests are only active during certain seasons but many can be active all year round – your lawn pest control plan should be too.

Common Florida Garden Pests

In South Florida, garden pests can endanger your flower or vegetable garden. Along with whiteflies, armyworms can take down veggie crops, including corn, peas, and tomatoes. Finding beetles in your garden? Japanese beetles and red flour beetles, along with other beetles, can pose threats to plants, certain types of vegetable gardens, and even garden grass.

Fire ants are frequently found in Florida gardens, and fire ant bites have been known to even cause allergic shocks in some. While mulch is an excellent way to save water and discourage weeds, an overabundance of mulch can be an accidental home for Florida garden pests. Need protection from these common types of garden pests? Just Call Hulett Today!

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Many homeowners think their trees and shrubs require little attention after planting but watering, fertilization, and proper pruning are important to your landscape investment. While your lawn lies dormant and weather conditions tend to be wet, spring and summer weeds could be lurking in the grass. Lawns thinned by disease or insects are especially susceptible to invasions of weedy grasses and broadleaf weeds.

Most lawn diseases are caused by fungi, although grass species vary in their susceptibility to particular diseases. Other factors affecting disease development include your lawn’s overall health, the prevalence of certain diseases, weather, seasonal conditions, and lawn maintenance practices. Proper mowing and watering can help bolster your lawn’s resistance to disease when combined with one of Hulett’s Lawn Spraying & Fertilization programs.

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