Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division

Dicamba training options expand in 2023

Dicamba training options expand in 2023

Farmers and pesticide applicators planning to use auxin products in 2023 have more options for training this year, compared to years past. (This applies specifically to applicators using over-the-top dicamba products such as XtendiMax, Engenia and Tavium on...

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Mothballs – Ditch the Wives’ Tale

Mothballs – Ditch the Wives’ Tale

With the warm weather of summer, you may have seen a few extra critters around your yard, and that may have brought back up some bad advice on how to deal with them - especially snakes. Even for wildlife lovers, snakes are not always welcomed with open arms, but...

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Drones will help NCDA&CS investigate damage to crops

On a recent spring day, the buzz of drones filled the air over one of N.C. State University’s field labs about five miles south of campus. Beside the big open fields, stood staff from the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, heads tilted up. An overcast sky helped them stare up to follow each […]

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As summer pests multiply, so do your options for handling them

Now that summer is fully upon us, you may be encountering some typical summertime pests around North Carolina. It may not help that you’re probably home more, giving you more opportunity to notice the critters around the house. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services provides oversight of pest control professionals to be […]

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Hemp added to registry in effort to protect it

From grapes to cotton, tobacco to Christmas trees, any crop can be harmed if the wrong herbicide or pesticide comes in contact with it. Certain specialty crops are especially vulnerable because they can be damaged by lots of normal herbicides and pesticides that are commonly used on farms and yards across North Carolina. Beehives could […]

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Carpenter bees: a tale of solitude and tolerance

It’s the time of year when you may be seeing more carpenter bees around your house, especially if you’re around your house more these days. Carpenter bees are solitary though, so you won’t find them in hives – probably just one or two at a time in any given area. Right now, lots of male […]

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