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How To Identify Some Common Flying-Stinging Insects
Jul29

How To Identify Some Common Flying-Stinging Insects

By Charlotte Wilson, Hopkins County Master Gardener While working in the garden or playing in the yard, it is easy to become alarmed in seeing wasps or “bees” as many people call any flying insect.  However, the flying insects are doing us all a tremendous favor in pollinating our fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Many of these insects are also keeping unfavorable insects and caterpillars under control. Wasps you see on your vegetables...

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The Texas Two-Step Method To Control Fire Ants
Mar30

The Texas Two-Step Method To Control Fire Ants

By Charlotte Wilson, Hopkins County Master Gardener We have been battling fire ants in our orchard and gardens for 15 years with pretty poor results. We treated mounds and a month later a new mound would appear five feet away. Every spring and fall we would have to completely retreat a bunch of new mounds. Texas Two-Step Method of Fire ant control I would like to explain the Texas Two-Step Method, created by Michael Merchant and...

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Tips For Reading a Pesticide Label
Feb04

Tips For Reading a Pesticide Label

By Charlotte Wilson, Hopkins County Master Gardener If you have ever tried to read a pesticide label, do not be overwhelmed.  The pesticide label is your best guide in using a pesticide effectively and safely.  All labels have some a few basic key words to look for and the label is very informative. Years of development have gone into the product you may buy and the manufacturer wants you to use the product correctly. Ignoring label...

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