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Insect and Pest Control

How to Control Grubs in the Landscape

The larval stage of scarab beetles are referred to as grubs; they are normally C-shaped, and white or whitish in color with brown heads.  Turf grass roots are especially tasty to grubs, but they may also feed on landscape plant roots.  Symptoms of grub damage include yellowing or browning of grass leaves and thinning lawn… Read more »

How to Control Crapemyrtle Bark Scale!

This article covers the topic of controling Crepe Myrtle (also spelled Crepemyrtle, Crapemyrtle or Crape Myrtle) bark scale. There is a new serious threat to one of our favorite trees; even more serious than the unsightly and oft mentioned crape murder.  As a reminder, crape murder is the extreme pruning of crapemyrtles that results in… Read more »

How to Effectively Use Dormant Oil

What is dormant oil? Dormant oil refers more to when the oil has traditionally been applied rather than what it is made of. Newer dormant oil formulations are typically refined from petroleum oil, such as mineral oil. Unlike home remedies, they also contain an emulsifier to help water mix with the oil, which will provide… Read more »

Spittlebug Identification and Control

Zoysiagrass and St. Augustine lawns are popular for good reason; they are usually full, lush and green from spring to fall.  Right now (June), many of these beautiful lawns are experiencing an infestation of two-lined spittlebugs (pictured above).  Last week, we had a few people call or come in and although it’s only Wednesday, we… Read more »

Japanese Beetle Control

  Here it is, the culprit of significant damage in Arkansas landscapes right now.  It’s a bit early in the season (June 6, 2018) to see adults; usually they emerge late June and early July.  While it’s certainly not the only pest we are hearing about this week (yes, we are talking about you, Spittlebug),… Read more »