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Spring: Prime Time for Kudzu Bugs

Auburn, AL—Residential and rural areas will soon be filled with kudzu bugs making a comeback from their overwintering sites. Alabama Extension Entomologist Xing Ping Hu, said there are several ways for kudzu bugs to bother homeowners. “Kudzu bugs are a nuisance that invades homes, yards and landscapes,” Hu  said. “They are more problematic in later fall when they seek protected ... Read More »

Money Saving Tips: Energy efficiency in the home

AUBURN, Alabama–For many, opening the monthly power bill can be a stressful experience. If you are one of those people constantly wondering why your power bill  is so high, take a moment to reflect on your daily routines. You may find that too often you wake up hot in the middle of the night, run to the thermostat and turn ... Read More »

Beating Fire Ants This Fall

Falling into fall sounds like a great idea — unless falling includes a run in with the Imported Fire Ant. Pest-proofing your home is a multi-step process that includes treating outdoor areas as well as indoor areas. The following five tips can help you and your family avoid unwanted visitors this fall. Fall is a great time to treat fire ... Read More »

Turf Tips 101

With warmer weather and abundant rain, many Alabama lawns have jumped into high gear. Homeowners can tackle some simple chores to help get their turf in tip top shape. Dr. Dave Han, an Alabama Extension turf specialist, said general maintenance on the mower is one of the first orders of business. Sharpening mower blades, changing spark plugs and setting mower ... Read More »

Safe, Smart Pesticide Use

AUBURN, Ala.—Spring has arrived in full force with rising temperatures, which means pests are starting to come out of hiding too. Alabama Cooperative Extension System professionals want to educate people on safe pesticide use and how to store them correctly. A pest is any kind of insect or animal that acts in a destructive manner towards property including, but not limited to, ... Read More »

Winterizing Your Home

Alabama is considered to have mild winters in comparison to other parts of the country, but the state does experience some winter weather extremes almost every year. If you haven’t winterized your home yet, do it now before the temperatures settle into winter averages. Alabama Extension professional Virginia Morgan White shared some  tips to help cold proof and winterize your home ... Read More »

Keeping Mice Out of Your House

Keeping Mice at Bay

Cooler weather has arrived, but with the cooler air also comes rodents. European house mice are gearing up for winter by searching for food and finding a place to keep warm.  Dr. Jim Armstrong, wildlife expert with Alabama Cooperative Extension System,  has some ideas on keeping mice at bay this fall. Native mice, such as the cotton mouse and the white-footed mouse, ... Read More »

Keeping Bats Out of the House

Living in the South, you may be used to seeing wildlife. Opossums in the road and squirrels on trees are nothing to look twice at. You can look up at the sky around dark and see plenty of bats. You probably even chased the mice in the cornfield near your house as a child. All of these animals serve a purpose ... Read More »