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Jenna Bower
A group of researchers at the University of Florida may have found an alternative method of pest management for strawberry plants: The team decided to use an ultraviolet (UVC) light system to help prevent diseases in the plant. They found that UVC light helps in the control of Powdery Mildew, which is a fungus that...
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We have all been bombarded with information regarding how our actions are negatively affecting the environment. These effects have been so severe that we are changing weather patterns – resulting in GLOBAL WARMING. Even though Global Warming is a very serious issue and we have been experiencing the effects first-hand for the last 20 something...
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Small, furry, cute(?!) and sneaky. What’s not to like about rodents – right? Some people even keep them as pets! But – if rodents are not managed correctly – what can at first be a small, furry and cute pet can also easily turn into a PEST! Why do rodents become pests? Rodents are smart....
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One of the most important rules in Integrated Pest Management is pest species identification. Why is pest species identification important? Just as cats and dogs have different characteristics and behaviors, so too, do pest species differ! There are thousands of different  pest species.  Some of which include; cockroaches, mosquitos, flies and  rodents. South Africa has...
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Attending school should be filled with adventure and new, exciting experiences. Students and teachers shouldn’t be concerned about fighting pests; the diseases that they carry and the damage they can do to their property! Abundant food Pest infestations in schools has become a very real threat in recent years. Schools have an abundant supply of...
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We all know what waste management is, but did you know that correctly managing your waste is really not that difficult? Playing our part in saving the environment starts with reviewing the way we think about waste and how to get rid of it. By constantly investigating what waste we have and analysis how we...
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Insects are everywhere and by far the most common organisms on the planet. Not all insects are harmful. Many play very important roles in our ecosystem. For example: ants recycle nutrients, mosquitoes pollinate flowers (yep – the males do!), termites maintain soil structure & fertility and ladybugs control populations of other pest organisms. Almost all...
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Even though our South African climate does not bring us to put on the snow jackets and boots, it certainly still has a chill in the air! Luckily, it is still cold enough to bring a slight reprieve from pesky pets such as mosquitoes and flies. Aaand… if we are lucky – other pest such...
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  Time with family and friends is always fun, but sometimes playing the same old board games repeatedly gets a bit much!. Why not take our insect quiz and test your knowledge on some of the most interesting facts of insect life?True or False A centipede is classified as an insect. Bats are the only...
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Integrated Pest Management is a well-known method in the commercial industry to manage pests; however, this method is not exclusive to structural pests. IPM also plays an important part in our forests and the conservation and protection of our trees. Forest IPM is used to manage pests in a forest environment to prevent damage in...
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