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FAQ for Pest Control 

FAQ for Pest Control 

Greater Prescott is a wonderful environment for a wide variety of plants. Unfortunately, we created a FAQ for pest control because there are pests that do call this area their home. We’ve listed some of the most common pests here and we’ll add to it as time progresses.

Q: What is Pest Control? 

A: Pest Control is better titled “Integrated Pest Management (IPM).” This is because Pest Control is much more than simply spraying a product that solves the pest issue. It is a comprehensive approach to remedying the pest problem. Here are the steps we take in Pest Control. The most important thing is to properly identify what pest(s) you have. Without proper identification, any future step you take is futile. 

Within a successful IPM, numerous steps occur. Firstly are Cultural Practices and here are a couple examples. High quality weed-free sod. Mowing at recommended height. Fertilizing, aerating and mulching. Secondly are Mechanical Procedures and here are a couple examples. Regular mowing before seed germination. Removing weeds. 

Thirdly are Biological Controls and here are a couple examples. This includes beneficial insects, bacteria’s and viruses. Fourthly are Chemical Controls and here are a couple examples. Herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, plant-growth-regulators, etc.. 

Think of IPM as using the least invasive practices first, followed by more invasive practices afterwards. As a homeowner, we recommend you follow these same steps to get rid of pests. If you’re unable to correct the problem, we recommend you contact an expert like us. 

Q: What Are Spider Mites? 

A: Spider Mites are common in North America. They are pests to both indoor & outdoor landscape plants and are in the arachnid family with spiders, scorpions, etc.. These little things are tiny, measuring 1/50 of an inch, so get out your microscope. Hot, dry climates are their favorite, so Greater Prescott is an ideal breeding ground. 

Specifically, they breed rapidly and cover plants quickly. Simultaneously, they produce webs on plants, making it the first time most people observe something. They suck sap from the bottom side of leaves and move on when they want a fresh leaf. Leaf symptoms include yellowing, curling and falling off. One interesting fact is that they spread via the wind. They’ll get caught in their web, which blows in the wind, to another host plant. 

Here are a few recommendations for Spider Mite removal. Firstly, start with washing plants with strong streams of water. This will literally knock them off the plant. Secondly, prune off the infested parts branches. Do this carefully so that you don’t knock them off, then bag them to contain them. Thirdly, if the previous two options don’t work, then use chemicals. Mites are known to become resistant relatively quickly, so use chemicals sparingly. 

Q: Wat is Chlorosis? 

A: Chlorosis is when leaves turn yellow, however, they’re supposed to be green instead. There are many reasons leaves may turn yellow, so we’ll list the most common reasons here. Firstly, there could be nutritional problems, i.e. iron, nitrogen, magnesium, manganese, etc.. You can add an all-purpose fertilizer and observe if it makes any difference. Secondly, there are numerous viruses & diseases that cause chlorosis. Unquestionably, these are challenging to diagnose. 

Thirdly, if fertilizer didn’t help, we recommend a triple action chemical. It’s an insecticide, fungicide and miticide all-in-one. From experience, Chlorosis is difficult to diagnose. Therefore, if the first two methods aren’t successful, then use a triple action chemical. 

Q: What is Rust? 

A: Rust is a fungal disease that’s aesthetically unpleasant but rarely deadly to plants. 

Q: Do we hang Verbenone pouches from trees to protect against Pine Beetles?

A: If you’re asking about pine beetles, then you may be referring specifically to Ips Beetles. The Ips Beetle is a beetle variety that’s killed entire forests of pine and spruce trees throughout the United States. They are also known as the “Engraver Beetle” because they borrow into tree bark, which ultimately kills the tree. What makes pines & spruces so susceptible is drought. When Ips Beetles borrow inside a tree experiencing drought, the trees don’t have the capacity to fight back and eventually die. The result around the United States is entire forests ravaged and killed.

Now back around to the original question. No we do not hang Verbenone pouches from the tree. As we mentioned, when the tree is under drought stress, Ips Beetles will have a feast. However, when the tree is fully nourished, then the tree is better set to survive an Ips Beetle outbreak. Therefore, make sure your pine & pinon trees have plenty of water. Besides water, we’re unfamiliar with anything else to combat Ips Beetles.

 

To read about what is involved with pruning during winter, read this article.

Lastly, we highly recommend Watter’s Garden Center, Mortimer Nursery, or Prescott Valley Nursery as great places to both purchase shrubs & trees but to also ask questions because these are the experts.