All of our recent rain has stirred up the insect pests and you’re probably seeing them out in force. If fleas, ticks, mosquitos and fire ants caused problems for you last year, Argyle Feed & Hardware has a number of products to help you get ahead of them now!
Apply insect killing sprays to your yard now. We recommend Adams Plus Yard Spray for lawns: this yard spray is an emulsifiable concentrate with a convenient hose-end sprayer. Contains permethrin to kill fleas, ticks, mosquitos, ants and crickets on lawns, yards, flowers and shrubs for up to four weeks. One quart treats up to 5,000 square feet. For organic treatments, Garden-Ville granulated molasses, Garrett Juice and 20% Vinegar are all effective products for eliminating insect pests. After you add insecticide to your lawn, apply flea and tick products to your pets to keep the pests from invading your pet’s fur and indoors. We carry a variety for preventatives for pets including Adams Plus, Sentry and FrontLine.
As soon as you see small grasshoppers, start applying Nolo Bait to your yard. Nolo Bait is great for killing grasshopper and crickets but will not harm beneficial insects and wildlife. It’s an effective organic method to combat the grasshoppers.
The result of all the rain looks like another bad year for the West Nile Virus. Take preventative action now to eliminate mosquitoes and their larvae. Remove all standing water, place mosquito dunks in birdbaths and rain barrels. Apply DEET free Skeeter Screen granules or spray before outside events to help repel mosquitoes and other insects. Argyle Feed also has the Skeeter Screen Patio Egg, Personal Spray and Patio Candle to ward the mosquitos off your outdoor spaces and you!
As you may have already seen the evidence, the rain also already brought out the fire ants. Treat mounds with Amdro or Surrender and use your broadcast spreader to thoroughly treat your lawn. For organic treatments, spray the site with Garrett Juice plus orange oil or d-limonene at 2 ounces per gallon of spray. Homemade citrus oil can be made by soaking citrus peelings in an equal amount of water for 10 days to two weeks.