July was generally moist and warm for the majority of the region, although some areas remain in drought conditions and there were some cool night-time lows. The average rainfall amount across the region was approximately 2.00 inches. Most of the region experienced daytime highs in the 80s, though some areas enjoyed cool temperatures not reaching out of the 70s. Many herbaceous plants are flowering including goldenrod, Queen Anne’s lace, yarrow and astilbe, and hostas and hydrangeas continue to bloom. On average 261 growing degree days were added in the last 2 weeks of June bringing the season total to 1530. Of course as the growing season continues so do the potential pest problems, ticks and mosquitoes continue to be a very active nuisance. . Some previously discussed pests continue to plague the landscape while the life cycle of early season pests is complete and still more threats are appearing across the region. Pest activity sighted and reported around the region includes; fall webworm caterpillar, Asian longhorned beetle, dogwood sawfly, red-headed pine sawfly, warm season spidermites and Japanese beetles.
As the season progresses, weather changes and plants continue to grow so do pest populations. Discussed below are some current pests of concern, now being sighted and reported around the region. Mosquitoes and ticks continue to be of great concern, as vectors of disease you need to remember to always take measures to protect yourself from these pests. Contact your arborist regarding additional treatments to safeguard yourself, your property, your family and pests from ticks and mosquitoes.
Treatments need to occur at the times when they will be most effective, of course, sometimes the weather prohibits the ability or effectiveness of products. Your arborist and plant healthcare technician will schedule applications and monitoring as suited to your landscape’s needs, expected leaf out, insect life cycles and ideal weather. Because weather patterns are not one hundred percent predictable and pest problems are not an exact science, plant healthcare has to be flexible and adaptive, be assured they are doing their very best to get and maintain the optimal results for your landscape. Make sure you get in touch with a termite control Los Angeles firm, one similar to these if you suspect there to be pests present on your landscape. Most firms can deal with multiple species of pest, with subterranean termites being a large part of their work. If you hae other pests present, they will also examine your property to let try and guide you in the right direction to removing them.