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CONEHEAD TERMITES REINVADE SOUTH FLORIDA

Up until now, the main termites eating the wood in our homes were subterranean and drywood species. Subterranean, the more destructive of the two, live in the soil. Daily, they travel back and forth from their nest to the wood in homes. Drywoods do not live in the soil. They nest within the wood they eat which is usually doors, frames and furniture. Both types are rarely seen until they leave their nests to swarm. Another group, the arboreal termites, … READ MORE

Are bed bugs here to stay?

Ten years ago few homeowners worried about bedbugs believing them to be a pest from the past. The recent resurgence of these biting insects may be attributed to an increase in international travel, the elimination of highly effective pesticides from the market, the insects’ resistance to newer pesticides and the environmentally friendly way pest control companies now apply chemicals. Controlling bedbugs is difficult. They multiple quickly and often go unnoticed until they begin to bite. They hide in items such … READ MORE

Cold Damage Recovery

The recent winter temperatures were low enough to cause cold injury to our annual flowers and coconut and royal palms. The following information will help produce a more favorable environment for these damaged plants and help aid in their rapid recovery. Flowers: Flowers damaged by the cold weather should be sheared to a point below which the damage occurred. After shearing, irrigation is essential to prevent excessive water stress and leaf desiccation. Your irrigation clock should be turned on and … READ MORE

Planting Tip:Plumbagos

Plumbagos are evergreen shrubs known for their prolific light blue flowers. Althouth they are becoming one of the most widely used flowering shrubs in Palm Beach County, they are high maintenance and short lived (3-5 years). Plumbagos do not like our hot, rainy weather and typically have yellowing leaves, loss of flowers and a weedy look toward the end of summer. They also decline from being over watered and are subject to attack by insects and diseases. Their interior canopy … READ MORE

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