Termite swarming season is here! This means homeowner calls and inspections are about to increase. It is always good practice to review the basics of identification and inspection information, even for seasoned veterans. This month’s focus will highlight some tips on conducting a termite inspection. Next month’s newsletter will contain information on identifying damage in the absence of live termites. Exterior Inspections The key to any good inspection is to take your time. When it comes to termite inspections the devil is in the details. You are looking for subtle signs of termite activity or water damage, which can take patience [...]
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By: Paul Mitola, Environmental Consultant The following information is from Chapter 482.156 and 482.2265(2) Fig 1. Master trainer and FDACS Environmental Consultant, Paul Mitola Q. Can a piece of power equipment be used? A. No according to Chapter 482.156(1) Q. Does this include battery operated backpacks? A. Yes that would be considered power equipment. Q. Can a larger than 5-gallon tank not application equipment (nurse tank) be used to store mixed sprays? A. Yes that would be allowed. Q. Can LCLM certificate holders apply ant bait to plant bed areas? A. Yes according to 482.156(1) you may perform integrated pest management on ornamental plants using insecticides or fungicides having the signal word [...]
By: Chris Marble Fig 1. Herbicide Damage Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in landscape beds because it is effective on most weeds and is inexpensive. Although the US Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) and other organizations have concluded that glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic, many homeowners, property managers, and other organizations have become fearful of glyphosate due to recent litigation. The topic of glyphosate safety is beyond the scope of this newsletter, but for those that are interested, the glyphosate risk-assessment material from the EPA’s review of glyphosate can be found online at https://www.epa.gov/ingredients-used-pesticide-products/draft-human-health-and-ecological-risk-assessments-glyphosate. In cases where a customer prefers [...]