Addressing the problems of ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ – Marple Newtown County Press – Delco News Network
Mice, rats and squirrels are most likely to cause problems in Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland and Washington, D.C. this time of year, so its important for homeowners to prevent these pests from entering their homes. Our trained and licensed pest control professionals can help eliminate and prevent rodent and other pest problems for homeowners in Fairfax, across Northern Virginia and the DC Metro area, Lieberman said. Aside from being nuisances, rodents and cockroaches are vectors of a wide array of diseases and can exacerbate asthma and allergy symptoms – effects only worsened by the increased time spent indoors during the winter. Rodents can also chew through drywall, insulation, wood and electrical wiring, increasing the potential risk for fires. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) offers the following tips for keeping homes pest-free this winter: – Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home to help prevent pests from getting inside. Be sure to check the areas where utilities and pipes enter the home. – – A mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime.
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Yakima Herald Republic | State fruit growers look forward to another 100 years of progress
The Marple Tree Commission and the Broomall Rotary Club discussed what could be done to help our children learn about nature and turned to the Marple Public Library as the perfect place to begin. Last week, members of the Rotary Club and the Marple Tree Commission met with librarian Deborah Parsons to discuss their thoughts and make plans. They settled on an ambitious three part project that will provide information in the library, bring information to children while at school, and structure interactive educational field trips into local parks and arboretums. In addition, the library will be a valuable resource for adults by providing information about environmental concerns, conservation, tree maintenance, pest control and similar adult matters. The first of the three parts is a dedicated place in the library for literature and a computer based system to provide interactive educational information.
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New varieties, such as trademarked names like Envy and Pink Lady, and new access to Chinese markets will likely drive the increase, he said. Meanwhile, African nations may be an overlooked but up-and-coming market for apples, he said. Mike Taylor, fellow panelist and vice president of sales and marketing for Stemilt Growers in Wenatchee, agreed the industry will continue to grow because of high yields and increasing demand for Washington apples. The rate of change is going to blow your mind, he said. In the research world, as well, the future is colliding with the past. For decades, researchers and growers have adapted to new regulations and shifting threats to find a balance with integrated pest management, a combination of innovative growing practices, moderate pesticide use and alternative control methods to protect crops from bugs and weeds. Spraying pheromones in an orchard to disrupt the mating cycle of codling moths has been one of the most successful examples, said Jay Brunner, director of the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee.
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