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Tips and Tricks
Just place a shallow lid on the ground and fill with a
beer (any brand except NA). Slugs and snails crawl in and drown in the beer.
controls slugs without chemicals. Use all year in warm climates.
Freshen trap frequently or the smell becomes overwhelming.
Try a homemade bait mixture of about one part boric acid (or borax)
and two parts mint jelly or cracker crumbs. Place the bait in a
container with ant-sized holes in the lid. Place in a location away from
children and pets, and dispose of the container after use.
Although boric acid is a common ingredient in eye washes,
it may be harmful if swallowed.
What's Bugging the Sun Cities
Windscorpions, sometimes called sun spiders or solpugids. The body is as much as an inch and a half long, with a pair of heavy pinchers. Windscorpions get the name from their speed and general resemblance to scorpions. They subdue their prey with ther pinchers, which lack poison glands.
Source: Insects of the Southwest
Varied Carpet beetle
Adult carpet beetles are about an eighth of an inch long, and round in appearance. The backs of the insects have much the same color scheme as the larvae. The larvae have small, hairy, soft bodies about a quarter inch long, depending on the instar. The larvae feed on a wide variety of foods, including carpets, furs, woolens, skins, stuffed animals, leather, feathers, silk and many plant products. The adults feed on nothing except pollen and nectar from flowers outside.
In spring and early summer, the adult will lay up to a hundred eggs, usually cemented to the product, or on furs,...
Syrphid Fly or Flower Fly
Springtails are minute insects without wings in the Order Collembola.
They occur in large numbers in moist soil and are found in homes with high humidity, organic debris, or mold. Homeowners sometimes discover these insects in large numbers in swimming pools, potted plants, or in moist soil and mulch.
They feed on decaying, damp vegetation causing organic material
and other nutrients to return to the soil which are later used by plants. Occasionally, springtails attack young seedling and may damage
the roots and stems. 650 species in North America. Worldwide,...
Pillbug, Sow Bug, Isopod
Sowbugs and pillbugs are the only two crustaceans that have adapted themselves entirely to land. They actually have gills instead of a trachea (insects lungs) with which they breath.
They are also related to snails and slugs.
Sowbugs are virtually the same as pillbugs but have a wider body and cannot roll themselves into a ball. Sowbugs have two appendages that protrude from the rear of the body. They have oval bodies which have 7 overlapping plates, as well as 7 pairs of legs. Head...
Preparing for the Summer Preparing to leave for the summer: We receive many pantry pest calls in fall of the year that can be prevented with a little preparation prior to leaving. The saw-toothed grain beetle is usually the...
Citrus Thrips CITRUS THRIPS cause scarred, distorted leaves. Spraying yard trees has not been practical. If done wait until after bloom.
Fungus Gnats Tiny, delicate dark flies that hang around potted plants are fungus gnats. These are adults of larvae that live in the soil, feeding onrganic matter. Cutting down on watering so the soil surface dries...
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