It's a magical time of year for me.
I'm currently in my living room on a Saturday writing this article about pre-spring tree nut pest prevention preparations for you.
Earlier, I was outside clearing the snow from my driveway.
NASCAR cars are on the track in Daytona, and I am watching the festivities as I write. Last weekend was the Superbowl, and this coming week is the World Ag Expo in Tulare.
The beehives are staged in the almond orchards ready for the coming bloom. The air is clear, making the view from my patio even more incredible than normal. I have a great team, and we get to serve an amazing group of people at our clients facilities. Life is good, thank you God.
My team and I are beginning to execute the annual plan we developed over the last few weeks based on our year-end review.
As far as the seasonal tree nut pest related tasks go, we are getting ready for spring preventive treatments. There are many things that need to be done before the weather gets warm, if you truly want to be preventive.
Right now, we are getting a list together and placing our orders to get the materials to the plants in time. We are also doing annual maintenance on our application equipment, making sure it's all ready to go.
Here's a list of what you should be getting ready for right now:
Strategically targeted residual insecticide and Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) treatments in and out
IGR space treatment to get the out of reach areas
IGR treatments inside control panels, electrical panels and other enclosed areas
CIDETRAK dispenser installation
Change out light traps' bulbs
Modifying trap layouts and updating software based on trends and other analyses
If you prepare correctly for the spring, your pest populations will be low all year.
If you don't know what to do, or you need help, give me a call at 559-513-4317.