Top Tips About Using Southwest Florida Pesticides

Category: Pest Control

Southwest Florida PesticidesIf any application of any pesticide is made to a lawn as part of a service provided by a person or business, then a pest control business license and a certified operators certificate are needed.

This includes the application of “weed and feed” herbicide/fertilizer mixtures to lawns. Failure to obtain a license for pesticide application can result in fines up to $5,000.00.

Keep A Record Of Pesticide Use

When you use Southwest Florida pesticides, it’s crucial that proper records of all pesticide applications be kept. Use integrated pest management (IPM) when recording what pesticides you use. The basic steps for IPM programs are as follows:

  • Identify key pests on key plants.
  • Determine the pest’s life cycle.
  • Use cultural, mechanical, or physical methods to prevent problems.
  • Determine if the “corrective actions” worked. Record and use this information when making similar decisions in the future.
  • Read and follow all label directions. The label is a legal document.

Pesticide Selection

The identification or recognition of pests is essential to proper pesticide application and selection. Once the pest has been identified, the best control method must be chosen. If a pesticide is to be used, the applicator must know the proper application technique and read the label thoroughly.

  • Train employees in proper pest identification and pesticide selection techniques.
  • Chose the product most appropriate for the problem or pest.
  • Mix only the quantity of pesticide needed, in order to avoid disposal problems, protect non targeted organisms, and save money.
  • Spot treat pests whenever appropriate.
  • Make note of any ground water advisories on the label.

A pest is anything that:

  • Competes with humans, domestic animals, or desirable plants for food or water;
  • Injures humans, animals, desirable plants, structures, or possessions;
  • Spreads disease to humans, domestic animals, wildlife, or desirable plants;
  • Or annoys humans or domestic animals.

Types of pests include the following:

  • Arthropods such as insects and arachnids;
  • Microbial organisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and Mycoplasma;
  • Weeds, which are plants growing in an area where they are not wanted;
  • Nematodes;
  • Mollusks such as snails and slugs; and
  • Vertebrate pests.

Management Of Pests In The Landscape

With regards to Southwest Florida Weed Management, Florida law defines a weed as a plant growing where it is not wanted. Plants often earn their reputations as weeds if they grow without care or cultivation and despite efforts to get rid of them.

Weeds compete with desired plants for space, water, light, and nutrients and can harbor insect pests and diseases. The predominant weed species change from season to season in Florida.

Because weed population can explode if not kept in check, the amount of pressure from these pest plants remains consistently high.

Recognize Where Weeds Come From

Weeds reproduce from seed, root pieces, and special vegetative reproductive organs such as tubers, corms, rhizomes, stolons, or bulbs. People, animals, birds, wind, and water can distribute seeds.

Many of the weeds that show up in landscape beds when their reproductive tissues and organs are in the soil of transplants. Weed rhizomes or stolons can also creep into a landscape bed from an adjacent infested area.


Comparison of lawngrasses available for use in Florida

Enviroment Bahia Grass Bermuda Grass Centipede Grass Seashore Paspalum St. Augustine Grass St. Augustine “dwafts” Zoysia Grass
Area Adapted To Statewide Statewide North Fl. And Panhandle Statewide Statewide Statewide Statewide
Moving height (inches) 3-4 0.5-1.5 1-2 1-2 3-4 1.5-2.5 1-3
Soil Acid, Sandy Wide Range Acid-Infertile Wide Range Wide Range Wide Range Wide Range
Leaf Texture Coarse-Medium Fine-Medium Medium Fine – Medium Course-Medium Medium Fine – Medium
Drought Tolerance Good Good Medium Good Medium Medium Medium
Salt Tolerance Very Poor Good Poor Excellent Good Good Good
Shade Tolerance Poor Poor Fair Poor Fair-Good Good Good
Wear Tolerance Poor Good-Excellent Poor Good-Excellent Poor Poor Good-Excellent
Nematode Tolerance Very Good Poor Poor Good Good Good Poor
Maintenance Level Low Medium-High Low Medium Medium Medium High
Uses Lawns, Roadsides Athletic, Fields, Golf Lawns Lawn, Athletic Fields, Golf Lawns Lawns Lawns
Establishment Methods Seed, Sod Sod, Sprigs, Plugs, Some Seed Seed, Sod, Sprigs, Plugs Sod, Plugs, Sprigs Sod, Plugs, Sprigs Sod, Plugs, Sprigs Sod, Plugs, Sprigs

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