Category: Home Landscapes

Q and A: I have heard that there is a type of mosquito that is an indicator for poor water quality. What are these mosquitoes called and do they exist in this area?

blind mosquitos

from C.R., Bonita Springs Answer: Blind mosquitoes, also known as aquatic midges, are mosquito-like insects often associated with poor water quality. Blind mosquito is a common name that may refer to various species of midges. One thing to… Read More

Q and A: As northern bird watchers, we are wondering what avian activities are prevalent this time of year?

barred owl

from V.B., Bonita Springs Answer: Throughout Florida, this is a great time to be bird watching. This is the best time of year for watching waterfowl on wetlands, lakes and prairies. Snail Kites are gathering in South Florida to… Read More

Q and A: My neighbors have bird feeders that attract crows, blackbirds, and starlings. These birds are loud and messy and I was wondering if someone would tell these folks that they are creating a nuisance. Why buy feed for these garbage eaters?

from J.P., Fort Myers Answer: There is a delicate balance between nature and development, just as there is a delicate balance that must be reached between neighbors. I am not the person to tell a homeowner what to… Read More

Q and A: I have recently moved here and have mockingbirds tormenting my family and our pets. What should I do?

bird nest

from D.T., Bonita Springs Answer: “The Birds”, a Hitchcock horror film from yesteryear or a modern day nightmare. It seems that residents throughout the county are having the same problem so you are not alone. Although bird attacks are… Read More

Q and A: We have bats that have lived in our house for years, but they are now coming inside. What can we do?

bat

from W.M., Lehigh Acres Answer: There are 17 species of bats found in Florida. Bats generally live near water and roost in dark areas during the day. Bats are an essential link in the balance of nature. Bats… Read More

Q and A: Armadillos are tearing up our yard. What can we do to alleviate this problem?

armadillo

from K., in Cape Coral Answer: It seems that many people have been having this same problem. I have received at least twenty calls in the past two weeks asking about armadillos and how to catch them or… Read More

Q and A: I have a piece of property with a retention pond in the front and several small wetlands in the back. I am interested in planting around these water bodies, but am unsure about where to start.

aquascaping

from Dr. M., in Fort Myers Answer: The aesthetic and wildlife habitat value of ponds and retention areas can be greatly enhanced by establishing and managing desirable plants. Aquascaping is the planting of aquatic and wetland plants in… Read More

Q and A: With the evening rains have come the thousands of ants. What can I do to rid these pests from my home?

ants

from N.H., in Fort Myers Answer: There are several species of ants found in or around houses in Florida. In general, the most common ants can be grouped as house infesting, yard infesting, and carpenter ants. The most… Read More

Q and A: I have recently purchased several acres and am having a hard time getting rid of air potato. Can you provide me with some information?

air potato

from S.H., in North Fort Myers Answer: Florida is home to many exotic invasive plants. The air potato (Dioscorea bulbifera) is one of many. Control of exotic/invasive plants can be difficult and tiring. There are several methods of… Read More