Life History and Habits of Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are one of the most common pests found in the home. A number of species are found in, and are widely distributed throughout North America and Canada. Successful control of carpenter ant infestations can be difficult to achieve. If effective and economic control is to be realized, the person seeking control must have […]

Know Your Cotton Plant

Knowing the phenology and the growth habits of the cotton plant can greatly improve your pest control decisions. Making the right decision can result in reduced production costs while maintaining yields. Take the test now!

Insect Pests That Attack Cotton – The Cotton Fleahopper

The cotton fleahopper, though small in stature, is capable of inflicting serious damage to the cotton plant that can delay fruiting and reduce yields. Often cotton fields are not treated when they need to be treated for the control of the cotton fleahopper. At other times fields are treated for the cotton fleahopper when they […]

Insect Pests That Attack Cotton – The Boll Weevil

Of the more than 25 insect pests that attack cotton, the Cotton Boll Weevil has been declared the most damaging of all. Pesticide applications made to control the Boll Weevil often upset the balance of nature in the cotton field causing infestations of other pests and making it necessary to apply additional insecticides. This adds […]

Identifying Cockroaches In and Around the Home

One of the most common insects found in and around man-made structures is the cockroach. The cockroach is often labeled as a repulsive, filth-carrying, food-contaminating creature. Controlling cockroaches in and around the home is a continuous battle. If effective, economic control is to be achieved, we must be able to positively identify the species that […]

Grasshoppers on Pastures and Rangeland

Since the beginning of recorded history, grasshoppers have been a menace to man. On occasions, plagues of grasshoppers have denuded large areas of land, causing famines that resulted in the death of millions of human beings. Grasshoppers are the most important pests of rangeland and native pastures. They are found in every part of the […]

Fleas: Life Cycle, Habits and Control

Fleas are not newcomers to this planet. Fossilized fleas have been found from as far back as the Cretaceous period. Today, fleas occupy every continent and every major island on earth. As of 1979, there was a total of 2,259 species of fleas described and named in the world. A total of 325 species can […]

Facets of IPM in Field Crops

The facets of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) are many and varied. An IPM program may be composed of a single simple facet or component, or it may be highly complex requiring the precise manipulation of many components. The more facets or components that a producer is aware of, the greater their ability to make decisions […]

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Its Role In Pesticide Application

During the last half of the 20th century, the use of pesticides increased dramatically. Billions of pounds of pesticides were used to control diseases, insects, weeds and other pests. Along with this increased use of pesticides there was a growing concern for the possibility of adverse effect of pesticide use upon man and our environment. […]