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October 2013

Welcome to the team, Jim!

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JimWe are proud to announce a new addition to the team. Jim Halvorson has been appointed as our N-Viro Division Manager and will be servicing all customers that use Pratt’s N-Viro lawn or plant care services.

Jim attended Texas A & M University and received a degree in horticulture. He has worked in the greenhouse industry for 35 years. For the last 7 years, Jim worked as the general manager at Henry’s Plant Farm in Mill Creek.

Jim and his loving newlywed, Teresa, have been married for one year. In Jim’s spare time, he enjoys collected Northwest Native American Art. Jim also collects grafted Conifers. He has planted over 300 of them in his yard , all shapes and sizes, that come from all over the world.

To learn more about N-Viro Lawn and Plant Health Care, visit www.nvirolawncare.com.

 

Fall Webworms

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fall-webwormOften mistaken for tent caterpillars due to their similar nests, Webworms are a Fall pest that differs in appearance and behavior. Adult female moths lay hair-covered egg masses, full of hundreds of eggs, under leaves in the soil during the summer months.  Eggs generally hatch in 1 week and upon hatching, immediately create a web of protection around themselves and foliage they are consuming. During a 6 week period they complete their transformation into full grown caterpillars. You may find their silken web nests appearing in early Fall on deciduous tree branches. Throughout time, they expand their webs around new foliage on the branches to consume while being in complete protection from predators and parasites. These silken nests usually consist of caterpillars, partially eaten or dead leaves, and fecal matter. Once the Winter cold starts to set in, the caterpillars travel to protected areas such as in the leaves or bark crevices, and begin their final stage before adulthood as  pupae, overwintering in dark brown cocoons. Are you seeing those white webbed homes on your branches? Call us today at 360-629-7378 for webworm caterpillar elimination.

Pollinators and Their Place in the World

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bee-purple-flower1Pollinators play an essential role in the nation’s food supply chain. We are dependent on bees, flies, moths and other insects to help pollinate crops.  However, some of these insects – bees in particular -are also known to pose health and safety risks to the public. In fact, stinging insects send an estimated 500,000 people to the hospital every year.  They are the leading cause of anaphylaxis-related deaths in the United States. In light of this, bees are – and some government entities have deemed them – a public safety hazard.

So how do we, the American public, protect our families and our children, from these insects that are both vital and potentially harmful?  The answer is carefully.  The federal government, farmers, the professional pest management industry, and home and business owners must cooperate together to ensure effective tools are available to keep the public safe from stinging insects, yet do so in a manner that will enable pollinators to thrive in appropriate settings.

The National Pest Management Association is working with the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), state regulators, and other stakeholders equally committed to ensuring an appropriate symbiotic relationship exists between the safety of the American public and the essential role bees play in agriculture.