These can certainly be one of the most annoying insects around. Under your baseboard, crawling across your wall, in your windows, even under your pillow, these critters can certainly get around. Why so many, why must they invade our homes, and our plants? Though there are many species of earwigs California is home to the European and striped earwig. The European species is known for being very destructive to plants; they can devastate vegetables, flowers, and soft fruits. We don’t usually see them during the day because they are nocturnal insects: feeding at night. During the day they seek shelter in dark, cool, or moist places. Examples include bricks, wood, grass, or other outdoor hiding spaces that produce a favorable environment for these critters to hide and breed. During the fall and winter a female earwig will lay thirty eggs or more, and sometimes will produce two families in a year. The eggs hatch quickly and these babies will often start becoming a nuisance from May to fall, when they become adults. When it becomes hot, dry, or too cold they will often seek shelter from the outdoors. They find cracks and crevices that allow them to squeeze into our homes. Because earwigs can be beneficial by controlling aphids and other nuisance pests, homeowners may want to limit the control of them to just the garden and home area. Methods of control are trapping, baiting, and the use of pesticides. Baiting is not the most effective method of ridding earwigs, especially when they have already established themselves. Pesticide use has to be done in a careful manner in order to ensure non-target, beneficial insects are not harmed.
You’re sitting down enjoying the movie you just put into your dvd player when you begin itching your leg. It’s getting really annoying now as you’re just itching constantly. You look down and there they are all the tiny, itchy bumps from fleas. You take care of your dog/cat/both, take care of the house, but what about outside where they originated? It is extremely important to control fleas outside as well. Fleas, which attach themselves to rodents, can transmit the plague. These rodents then enter into your yard, and now you may have infected fleas in your yard. Transmission of the plague can be through a bite, blood or bodily fluid transfer, even inhalation of the bacteria. Though the plague is not a common disease that people get, it is better to be safe than have to be hospitalized and placed in isolation (if treated in time).
The importance of controlling fleas in the yard by Gopher-B-Gone.
I often hear people tell me that they are afraid to use baits on rodents because of the risks posed to non-target wildlife. I couldn’t agree more that as a society we need to be mindful of wildlife and ensuring that they are not put in harm’s way. Many of the problems with non-target animals getting into rodenticides is the misuse of the product. With rodenticides being readily available on the market it was easy for anyone to use a product meant for indoor use only, outdoors. I have seen gardeners use strychnine above ground to treat a gopher, who will only eat bait below ground. These scenarios are what endanger the non-target animals. The Department of Agriculture, along with the California Department of Fish and Game, has done a great job in discovering what the problem is and how it can be rectified.
It’s important to understand what rodenticide was the main culprit, also why non-target animals were affected and what’s being done about it now. There are three different categories for baits; first generation, second generation, and finally the non-anticoagulant rodenticides. A study completed from 1995 to 2011 showed that many of the pesticide residues were coming from the second generation baits. These baits were available to the public on store shelves everywhere. As a result of this study tighter restrictions have been placed on the second generation pesticides. By limiting its use to a licensed pest control applicator, ensures that the rodenticides are used in a proper manner. Proper use of rodenticides helps to keep our precious wildlife thriving. Please make sure that when controlling pests that a licensed professional is used.
To view the study visit (it’s a pdf file):
Rodent Control and Its Predators by Gopher-B-Gone
With the growing concern about what Americans are eating these days, one avenue in which we are making headway is the reduced use of pesticides on our produce. California has been instrumental in ensuring that the produce we eat has minimal to no amounts of pesticide residue. In a recent study the Department of Pesticide Regulation has found that the majority of produce has residue that is within tolerant levels and next to that no residue at all. This is great news for consumers and farmers. We are finding ways to limit exposure to pesticides while making sure that our agricultural industry here in California is still thriving by keeping control over pests. It further encourages the use of a licensed pest control operator in order to ensure pesticides are used properly to help reduce exposure. For more information on the study please visit: http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/pressrls/2014/140902.htm
Pesticide Residue on Produce in California by Gopher-B-Gone
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