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Don’t like Spiders? Think Again!

Posted by Angela On August 19th

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South Florida (August 18, 2014) – There are many benefits from the existence of spiders that humans may not be aware of. As humans, it is easier for us to sympathize with the extinction of animals such as dolphins, tropical frogs, and polar bears. If the spider species ceased to exist, we would face possible famine. Spiders consume many insects, which allow our crops to be able to thrive. Without spiders, insects would take over and make farming difficult. Without the pest control that spiders provide, we would need to use a more chemical approach to crops, which would be particularly crucial in organic farming.

We are aware of the agricultural benefits of spiders, but there may be medical benefits as well. Spider venom contains hundreds and thousands of different chemical compounds, some of which might be medically active. More research needs to be done on the venom itself, but we may also find that some of these chemicals can be developed into beneficial drugs for treatment with cancer, muscular dystrophy, pancreatitis, and arthritis.

Next time you spot a spider, it may be helpful to think about their place in our ecosystem and its benefits.

 

Source: Brian Palmer, Naples Daily News

How to Care for Plants in Summer Heat

Posted by Angela On August 11th

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South Florida (August 11, 2014) - Summer time can be brutal for plants, especially in southern Florida. Follow these tips to help alleviate damage and stress to plants during the hottest season of the year:

  1. If plants must be maintained, do so early in the morning or late in the evening to prevent injury to the plants.
  2. Adjust your irrigation system according to rainfall. If it is raining every day, most irrigation systems can be turned off.
  3. The optimal time for pruning landscape plants is once the weather cools off. However, mowing the lawn is not something that should be put off until the weather cools. Typically, lawns should be mowed once a week, but this is determined by the type of grass you have, the care, and the current conditions.
  4. Make sure you are also taking care of yourself while gardening and/or mowing. Hydrate yourself before you get thirsty. If you get very hot, refrain from sugary drinks or very cold drinks, as they can cause stomach cramps. Also, make sure you are aware of the weather conditions. If you spot lightening or hear thunder, seek shelter immediately! Lastly, make sure you are wearing protective clothing. Although it is hot during the summer, make sure you cover up with long sleeves and long pants, and wear protective eyewear.

Please be safe! If you ever need assistance with lawn fertilization or pest control, give Adam’s Pest Control a call: 772-878-3002.

Source: Carol Cloud Bailey, Scripps Newspaper

Beware of the Stings This Summer

Posted by Angela On August 4th

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South Florida  (August 4, 2014) – The summer season is a time to enjoy the sunshine and the great outdoors, but it’s also the time when stinging insects can make an appearance at picnics, cookouts and pool parties. Adam’s Pest Control, a pest management company servicing Jupiter, Tequesta, Abacoa, Palm Beach Gardens, Hobe Sound, Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Stuart, and Port Saint Lucie, warns that yellowjackets, wasps, hornets and other common stinging insects can pose an increased threat to one’s health. In fact, they send more than half a million people to the emergency room every year, according to the National Pest Management Association.

“From painful stings to severe allergic reactions, stinging insects can put a damper on summer fun,” said Michael Tulp, Entomologist for Adam’s Pest Control.  “Whether you plan to fire up the grill, go to the playground or relax by the pool this summer, it’s important to be aware of the risks posed by certain stinging insects.”

Below are the most common stingers people might encounter:

Yellowjackets – Yellowjackets are distinguished by the black and yellow color pattern banded across their abdomens. They are territorial and may sting repeatedly if threatened.

Bald-Faced Hornets – This species has a stout body colored in black and white (or pale yellow). They are considered beneficial because they prey on flies and other yellowjackets, but they are extremely aggressive. If they feel threatened or if their hive is disturbed, they will sting repeatedly. They build nests above ground, on lower branches of a tree or shrub.

Wasps – Wasps are not an aggressive species by nature, but they will sting if their nest is threatened. Wasp stings are painful and can cause the same risk of allergic reaction as other insect stings.

“The best way to prevent an unwanted encounter is to exercise caution when outdoors. If you come in contact with a bee or wasp, do not swat it, as that may actually provoke an attack. Remain calm and the insect should fly away without causing harm,” added Tulp.

For more information, visit adamspest.biz or call us at 772-878-3002.

ants1 300x167 Prevent Ants From Marching One By One Into Homes This Summer

South Florida (July 28, 2014) – This summer season ants will continue to enter homes in search of food and water. Adam’s Pest Control encourages homeowners to take proactive steps to reduce the likelihood of seeing these nuisance pests in your garage or crawling across the kitchen counter this summer.

 

“Ants often infest kitchens and bathrooms, but homeowners may also encounter them in cooler spaces like basements, garages and around air conditioning units,” said Michael Tulp, Entomologist at Adam’s Pest Control. “The key to preventing ants from finding a way inside is to eliminate harborage sites around the property.”

 

Experts from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommend the following five simple steps that homeowners can do today to thwart an ant infestation.

 

  1. Block off access points. Take time to inspect the outside of your home for cracks and crevices, paying special attention to areas where utility pipes enter. Seal any small holes or gaps with a silicone-based caulk. Keep tree branches and other shrubbery well trimmed and away from the structure.
  2. Eliminate sources of water in and around the home. Indoors, routinely check under sinks for areas of moisture and repair any leaky pipes. Consider using a dehumidifier in damp basements, crawl spaces or attics. Outside, ensure that downspouts and gutters are functioning properly so that water flows away from the home’s foundation.
  3. Keep a clean kitchen. Wipe down counter tops and sweep floors to remove crumbs and residue from spills. Store food in sealed containers, and keep ripe fruit in the refrigerator. Also, make sure to dispose of garbage regularly.
  4. Don’t forget about the pets. After mealtime, keep pet bowls clean and wipe up any spilled food or water around them promptly. Store dry pet food in a sealed plastic container rather than the paper bags they often come in, which can be easily accessed by ants, rodents and other pests.
  5. Work with a pest professional. Eliminating ants can be challenge without the proper treatment. If you see ants in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to identify the species and recommend a course of treatment.

 

Contact Adam’s Pest Control if you are experiencing problems with ants or other pests:

Call 772-878-3002 or Click www.adamspest.biz.

 

tick2 267x300 Protect Yourself From Ticks and Tick Borne Diseases When Outdoors

South Florida (July 21, 2014) – As people venture outside to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather, Adam’s Pest Control,a pest management company servicing South Florida, encourages increased public awareness of ticks and their numerous health risks.

 

“Certain species of ticks are capable of transmitting serious diseases to humans when they bite, including Lyme disease, Babesiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever,” said Michael Tulp, Entomologist at Adam’s Pest Control. “We encourage people to take steps to protect themselves and their pets from ticks when outdoors this summer and decrease the chances of contracting one of these tick-borne illnesses.”

 

According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), a nonprofit organization committed to the protection of public health, food and property from household pests, the most effective ways to prevent a tick encounter include:

 

  • Landscape your yard. Keep grass cut low and remove weeds, woodpiles and debris. Ticks are found in high grass, and yards with shrubbery.
  • Protect your skin. Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes when outdoors, especially in wooded areas or tall grasses. Choose light colored clothing that makes it easier to spot ticks and other insects.
  • Use an effective bug repellant. Always apply an insect repellant containing at least 20% DEET to protect against ticks when spending time outdoors, and reapply as directed on the label.
  • Regularly check for ticks. Most ticks require 24-48 hours of feeding before they can successfully transmit infections, so it’s crucial to perform a thorough tick check immediately after spending time outdoors. Be sure to check all areas of the body, including the hair.
  • Don’t forget about pets. Check pets frequently for ticks, especially after the animal has been outside. Consult with a veterinarian about prevention and treatment options available to pets and wash pet bedding and toys frequently.
  • Brush up on proper removal techniques. Use fine-tipped tweezers to remove a tick, using a slow, steady pulling motion. Wash hands and the bite site thoroughly with soap and water, and flush the tick down a toilet or wrap it in tissue before disposing in a closed receptacle.
  • Contact a professional. Anyone suspecting a tick bite or experiencing symptoms, including a skin rash, joint pain or fever, should seek prompt medical attention. If ticks are a problem on your property, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and implement a treatment plan to reduce tick populations.

For more information on ticks, please visit www.adamspest.biz.

Prevent Bed Bugs from Ruining Summer Vacations

Posted by Angela On July 15th

 bed bug 300x210 Prevent Bed Bugs from Ruining Summer Vacations

South Florida (July 15, 2014) – Summer is officially here, which means millions of Americans are eagerly gearing up for vacation. However, before hitting the road to enjoy some rest and relaxation, Adam’s Pest Control, a pest management company servicing Jupiter, Tequesta, Abacoa, Palm Beach Gardens, Hobe Sound, Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Stuart, and Port Saint Lucie, encourages travelers to learn and practice bed bug prevention tips to help avoid bringing home these unwanted souvenirs.

“Bed bugs can turn a relaxing vacation into a nightmare, especially if they return home with you,” said Michael Tulp, Entomologist at Adam’s Pest Control. “Bed bugs are one of the most difficult pests to control, but taking precautions, such as inspecting hotel rooms, beach rentals and cabins prior to settling in, is a critical first step in helping travelers avoid coming into contact with these blood-sucking pests.”

Keep these tips from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) top-of-mind when traveling this summer:

  • Thoroughly inspect the entire hotel room or rental before unpacking, including behind headboards, and around the bottom of cushions and seams of other furniture.
  • Pull back bed sheets and inspect mattress seams and box springs, particularly the corners, for pepper-like stains or shed bed bug skins.
  • Use a large plastic trash bag or a protective cover to store your luggage during your stay.
  • Do not place luggage on upholstered surfaces. The safest place is typically in the bathroom in the middle of a tile floor or on a luggage rack after it has been thoroughly inspected. Do not use a luggage rack if it has hollow legs, where bed bugs may hide unseen.
  • If any pests are spotted, notify management and change rooms or properties immediately. If staying in a hotel, be sure your new room is not adjacent to the possibly infested room.
  • When you return home, inspect and vacuum your suitcases thoroughly before bringing them into the home. Consider using a garment hand steamer to steam your luggage, which will kill any bed bugs.
  • Wash all your clothes – even the items not worn – in hot water or dry on high heat.

“If you suspect that bed bugs may have hitchhiked a ride into your abode, contact a licensed pest professional to recommend a course of treatment,” advised Tulp.

For more information, please visit www.adamspest.biz

Complete Guide to the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly

Posted by Michael On September 23rd
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Complete Guide to the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly

We hope you enjoyed our latest series of blog posts about rugose spiraling whiteflies!

We know how frustrating these pests can sometimes be. You try to take care of your landscaping so your family can enjoy it, but sometimes Mother Nature has her own agenda!

That’s why we consolidated everything you need to know into these ten posts:

  1. What are Rugose Spiraling Whiteflies?
  2. Pictures of Rugose Spiraling Whitefly Symptoms
  3. Will Rugose Spiraling Whiteflies Kill My Plants?
  4. What Plants Do Rugose Spiraling Whiteflies Damage?
  5. What Should I Do If I Have a Spiraling Whitefly Infestation?
  6. Can I Treat Spiraling Whiteflies Myself?
  7. What’s the Best Way to Treat Spiraling Whiteflies?
  8. Will Spiraling Whitefly Treatments Hurt My Family or Pets?
  9. How Long Will It Take to Get Rid of Spiraling Whiteflies?
  10. If I Treat Spiraling Whiteflies, Can I Get Re-infested from My Neighbors?

You can read each tip as a blog article, or you can download them all in one convenient free eBook: Complete Guide to the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly: 10 Things You Need to Know about this New Florida Pest.

10 275 FRED 150DPI 01 18 05 10. If I Treat Spiraling Whiteflies, Can I Get Re infested from My Neighbors?If you’ve successfully eliminated a spiraling whitefly infestation from your yard, congratulations! Now it’s time to look at your strategy for the future.

As with any troublesome infestation, homeowners usually ask us if they need to worry about the bugs returning. Our answer is, “Don’t worry, but be prepared.”

Most professional spiraling whitefly treatments will last up to one year. After that, it is possible to be re-infested. There are several things you can do to minimize the risk.

This is the last of ten articles from a Complete Guide to the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly: 10 Things You Need to Know about this New Florida Pest, a free eBook.

First, check with your neighbors. If you recently eliminated spiraling whiteflies from your plants, it’s possible that the bugs are still feeding off your neighbors’ untreated foliage. Since the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly is relatively new to Florida, it’s possible that your neighbors haven’t heard about it. Offer to pass this free information along so they can learn to protect themselves.

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 9. How Long Will It Take to Get Rid of Spiraling Whiteflies?One of the questions we often hear is, “How quickly will my spiraling whiteflies be gone?”

Assuming your plants are receiving properly-applied systemic insecticide, it can depend on the size of the plant, the extent of the infestation, and the time of year.

This is the ninth of ten articles from a Complete Guide to the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly: 10 Things You Need to Know about this New Florida Pest, a free eBook.

We notice quicker turnaround times for smaller plants. For example, an average small palm or shrub can be on the road to recovery two weeks after the first treatment. A large palm tree, however, could take much longer. Some may remain infested a month after treatment if the original spiraling whiteflies were well established.

When a systemic insecticide is used in a tree injection, it may last up to one year. After it’s gone, spiraling whiteflies might return to feed on the same plant.

Spring is generally a good time to apply systemic insecticide. If applied other times it may take slightly longer to work.

Remember, if you still see white wax or black mold after a treatment has been applied, it does not mean that your treatment didn’t work! The residue may remain even after the spiraling whiteflies are gone.

08 575 iStock 000003888607Small family 8. Will Spiraling Whitefly Treatments Hurt My Family or Pets?

The pesticides most commonly used to treat spiraling whitefly infestations contain neonicotinoids (nee-oh-NICK-uh-tin-oids). These chemicals were developed to mimic the natural insecticidal properties of nicotine, while reducing harmful effects on mammals.

This is the eighth of ten articles from a Complete Guide to the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly: 10 Things You Need to Know about this New Florida Pest, a free eBook.

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