Guest Post: Maximize earwig control with a granular insecticide.

Here in north Florida, earwig control really started getting heavy a few years ago. In the past, our customers used to see a few dead earwigs at their door step every now and then, but they started seeing them throughout the house – sometimes all the way into the second-floor bathrooms! I even started seeing them in my own home, too. Every morning, the parade of earwigs would begin in my kitchen. In general, this starts happening in late spring when it gets a little dry outside. They follow the pipes and electric lines inside the house looking for moisture. Earwigs are easily recognized by a pair of prominent appendages resembling forceps at the tail end of their bodies. They feed most actively at night and seek out dark, cool, moist places to hide during the day. Common hiding places are under loose clods of soil, in mulched garden areas, in dense growth of vines or weeds and under the loose bark on trees. While their name indicates they seek out human ears, there is little evidence to support these stories! However, they do prefer warm dark areas. Since the products we were using didn’t seem to be working on earwigs, we decided to try a new product, Talstar® XTRA featuring Verge™ granule technology. Our technicians began using it on call-backs for earwigs, applying it around pipes and the perimeters of houses. We discovered that it really rocks on earwigs! Our customers went from seeing numerous earwigs in the house everyday to seeing none – almost overnight. But what we didn’t expect were the super results we got on...

Guest Post: Dealing with Doveweed

Denise Wartan is the General Manager of Trad’s Pest & Lawn Services in Jacksonville, Florida. An avid runner and compulsive reader, she is the mother of two teenage girls and a self-professed lover of chocolate. As General Manager of Trad’s Pest & Lawn Services, I handle a little bit of everything here in north Florida. I started as the bill collection lady for my parents’ garden center in 1989, then morphed into working in lawn care and pest control. Since then, I’ve done plenty of field –work — both indoors and out. I still go out once a week and ride with the guys, mostly for quality control. About 85 percent of our business is lawn and ornamental care. From there, we’ve branched out into general household pest management and termite work. Approximately 95 percent of our accounts are residential customers in the greater Jacksonville region. Doveweed has been a particular problem for lawns in our area. It germinates later in the growing season than most summer annuals and has fleshy, creeping stems that root at the nodes. Our six-treatment program includes a preemergence application in early spring, but doveweed often resurges later in the summer. Our FMC Market Specialist, Bruce Ryser, introduced us to new Blindside® herbicide last year. It’s a postemergence product with long-term residual, which is unusual. We found that it really smokes the doveweed! We’re getting long-range control of doveweed, dollarweed, buttonweed and other weeds that we used to keep hitting over and over again. As a result, we don’t have to go out every month like we used to. With dollarweed, we used to...