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Craneflies

Craneflies
October 1st, 2010

Are you seeing Craneflies?

The adult cranefly looks like a giant mosquito and appears in late summer. The female lays black eggs in the grass or soil, the eggs hatch within two weeks and the larvae begin to feed. The damaging larvae known as “leatherjackets” due to their leathery grey brown skin, feed during the day at or below the surface of the lawn. . They feed almost continuously between August and late May. During the colder periods of winter, they burrow deep into the soil. As the temperatures rises in the spring, they will ascend to just below the soil surface and resume feeding.
You may see leatherjackets while digging in your garden beds during the summer. In the summer months this pest does not feed, but waits for cooler and wetter condition to occur and emerge as an adult. Most gardens want to apply beneficial nematodes when they see their leatherjackets. The ideal time to apply beneficial nematodes (called Guardian) is after the adults have been seen and young larvae are present in the soil.


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Natural Insect Repellent
October 12th, 2010

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October 25th, 2010

Are you haunted by Halloween bugs?

Halloween bugs also know as Boxelder bugs, Boisea trivittatus, are familiar insects to most people. They are generally not noticed during summer, but often can become an issue when they try to move into homes during fall as they search for overwintering sites. Boxelder bugs are primarily a nuisance because they enter homes and other buildings, often in large numbers. Fortunately, they do not bite people and are essentially harmless to property.


The best management of boxelder bugs is prevention -- take steps to keep them from entering your home from the start.


Have you:


  • Repair or replace damaged window and door screens.

  • Repair or replace damaged screens in roof and soffit vents, and in bathroom and kitchen fans.

  • Seal areas where cable TV wires, phone lines, and other utility wires and pipes, outdoor facets, dryer vents and similar objects enter buildings.

  • Seal with caulk or for larger spaces use polyurethane expandable spray foam, copper mesh, or other appropriate sealant.

  • Install door sweeps or thresholds to all exterior entry doors. Install a rubber seal along the bottom of garage doors.




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