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Managing Tawny Crazy Ants Around Homes

Tawny crazy ants are considered by many to be one of the worst nuisance ants. Learn how to identify and keep these pests from invading your home.

Tawny crazy ants (Nylanderia fulva), previously known as the Caribbean or…

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Biology and Control of Mole Crickets

Mole crickets have become the most destructive insect pest on turf and lawns in Gulf Coast states. Damage and replacement costs for turf and pastures are annually in the millions of dollars. Learn about the biology, ecology, and man…

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Mulches for the Home Landscape

Nature mulches plants with fallen leaves and other organic materials. Mulching, as practiced by gardeners, is merely an adaptation of this natural process.

Advantages of Mulching
Adding a layer of mulch around trees, shrubs, and pla…

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Azaleas: An Alabama Beauty

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — Azaleas are a well-known staple in Alabama yards and gardens. Bursting with blooms and color, azaleas are the stars of spring. Lucy Edwards, a regional home grounds, gardens and home pests agent, said azaleas may…

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Canker and Dieback Diseases of Leyland Cypress

Within the last decade, Leyland cypress has been widely used in residential and commercial landscapes across Alabama not only as a specimen tree, screen, or hedge, but also as a Christmas tree. Popularity of this tree, which is a hybrid of …

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The Brown Recluse Spider

People are often afraid of spiders because of their ill-deserved reputation for envenomizing victims. In fact, most spiders do not have mouthparts strong enough to penetrate skin. Spiders are considered beneficial arthropods b…

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Garden Bugs: Managing Above-Ground Pests in the Garden

Managing Above-Ground Pests in the Garden is part three of three in the Garden Bugs series.

Nonchemical methods for managing garden pests that feed on the foliage and fruit of garden vegetables.
Aphids

To repel aphids, anchor alumi…

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Kudzu Control in Residential Areas

Kudzu control is often a frustrating problem in residential settings. It frequently grows unchecked along woodland edges near homes, in vacant lots, and along property lines. Its aggressive nature makes it seem literally uncontrollable in t…

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Raised Bed Gardening

Raised bed gardening is a convenient and easy way to produce homegrown vegetables. Unlike traditional in-ground gardening where lots of space is usually required, raised bed gardening is a perfect alternative for people who cannot garden du…

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Integrated Pest Management Guides

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System creates integrated pest management guides for major row crops; small and stored grains; pastures and forage crops; commercial turfgrass; and noncropland. These guides are compiled by both current…

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Protecting Pollinators in Urban Areas: Safe Use of Integrated Pest Management

The fourth in the Protecting Pollinators in Urban Areas series focuses on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approaches to landscaping and pest management from a conservation perspective. The emphasis is on methods that can eliminate…

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Rainwater Harvesting for Irrigation Water

While worldwide water consumption is rising at double the rate of the population, the amount of freshwater remains at only 2.5 percent of the world’s water resources. Rainfall replenishes much of the water we use; however, it is predicted t…

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