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2 04, 2021

How to Control Scale Insects

By |2021-06-12T08:21:57-07:00April 2nd, 2021|Categories: Budget & Revenue, IPM - Integrated Pest Management, Plant Knowledge, Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills, Sample Articles|0 Comments

Visible scale insects on the plant stem and surrounding leaves When you walk under that 16’ Ficus and your shoes stick to the carpet, like in an old movie theater, you have scale. When your Spathiphyllum looks like somebody has dribbled a can of soda over some of its leaves, you quite possibly have [...]

10 04, 2020

A Brief History of Plant Pests

By |2021-06-12T09:19:16-07:00April 10th, 2020|Categories: Budget & Revenue, IPM - Integrated Pest Management, Plant Knowledge, Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Many insects affect plant health About 10,000 years ago, the last of the Pleistocene glaciers had retreated and it was the dawn of a new age for humans. Someone picked some seeds from a favorite grain plant and saved them. Then, in a favorable place where game was plentiful, this person planted these seeds. [...]

13 03, 2020

Control Strategics!

By |2021-06-12T09:38:34-07:00March 13th, 2020|Categories: IPM - Integrated Pest Management, Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

When a disease is detected in the interiorscape, it must be controlled or eradicated. Left unchecked, a biotic (infectious) disease can spread throughout an entire interiorscape. And an abiotic (noninfectious) disease may develop secondary infections, leading to further complications. Before implementing control measures, know what type of pathogen (disease-causing agent) is infecting the plant, the length [...]

6 03, 2020

Determining Pesticide Toxicity

By |2021-06-12T09:38:24-07:00March 6th, 2020|Categories: IPM - Integrated Pest Management, Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Many interiorscapers have stopped relying solely on pesticides to control insects and mites on indoor plants. Instead, they rely on Integrated Pest Management (IPM), a combination of cultural and mechanical controls, plus least toxic pesticides. When targeting a problem, the least toxic pesticides are generally considered to be the last control measure β€” to be used [...]

2 03, 2020

Identifying Insects and Mites

By |2019-05-31T08:45:57-07:00March 2nd, 2020|Categories: IPM - Integrated Pest Management, Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Successful integrated pest management (IPM) programs tailor a series of pest control strategies to the specific pest damaging the plant. The first step in any IPM program is to correctly identify the pest to be controlled. Insects vs mites Insects and mites are animals belonging to the Phyla Arthropoda and have similar basic characteristics such as [...]

11 03, 2019

Spring Pest Control Methods

By |2018-12-29T15:03:07-08:00March 11th, 2019|Categories: Budget & Revenue, IPM - Integrated Pest Management, Plant Knowledge, Plant Pests, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Mealybug are active in the spring To some Spring means the scent of spring bulbs wafting through the air, to others it means lovely bird songs, but to those of us in horticulture, Spring means it’s insect season. Spring finds us with populations exploding of various insects and mites on our plant friends. As [...]

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