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Pests are the symptoms of underlying problems.

First of all: Pest control should start with pest prevention. Don't do anything that attracts pests. Do the things that repel pests. Second: If you have pests, find out if something went wrong with the first step.

If not, what caused the problem? Find that, and if it is within your power as homeowner, eliminate that as a possibility. If it is a circumstance beyond your control, which method would be the best overall, least costly, least environmentally dangerous method of getting rid of the symptoms? Pests are only the symptom of something that we have done, or left undone.

In the case of weeds, is the quantity small enough to remove individually by hand? If there are only a few, that is better than spraying the entire lawn with weed killer. You could spot treat with chemical or natural weed killers. If the weed is an annual, using a small quantity of a contact herbicide will usually do the trick. If the weed in question is a perennial, a systemic herbicide is in order. After the immediate problem is taken care of, work on the best method for preventing the problem in the future? Better mowing practices, making sure you don't transport seed from a weedy area, making sure your irrigation is of the right amount at the right time, in general, keeping your lawn healthy will keep the weed population down.

Preventative herbicides, called pre-emergents, can prevent the emergence of annual weeds, but have little effect on the perennials. Clover is a good example, the two most common types in our area, are crimson, which is an annual, and white clover, which is perennial. Crimson can be prevented by using pre emergents, white cannot. Crimson can usually be killed by a contact herbicide, white clover needs a systemic herbicide.

With insects the problem can be a little more complicated. If you have standing water on your property, you should get rid of it, by draining, and filling, or providing permanent drainage. Most of the pests in our home and property environments live their entire life cycle on that property. If you eliminate the habitat, you get rid of the problem.

Once again, the insects are normally the symptom, the disease is something we have done, or left undone. Getting rid of brush, brushy weeds debris, good lawn care practices, good landscape practices, and good sound home maintenance practices will prevent pests in the home, lawn, landscape and property in general.

If the need for an insecticide is apparent, use only as much as needed, do not apply more often than needed, and above all else, follow the label directions to a "T." "It is a violation of federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling." That phrase is found on every container of herbicide, and insecticide. It is there for a reason, probably more than one. Over use, is bad for the environment, with systemic herbicides, too much may burn the plant to the ground before the chemical reaches the roots, thereby limiting its best potential. Too much insecticide may cause the pest to move, and come back after the hazard is gone.

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