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What Is Zoysia Grass?

January 30th, 2021

The quality of the grass in your yard plays a major role in the curb appeal of your property. Nobody wants a lawn that’s overtaken by weeds or brown spots. Installing the right kind of sod on your lawn can transform the appearance of your property, dramatically improve curb appeal, and give you a sense of pride in your home. 

That’s why Tampa Bay residents love Zoysia grass. This native Asian grass is a warm-season grass. Its growth peaks during the hot summer weather that is so common in Florida. There are many reasons to consider installing Zoysia grass in your own yard. Read more

Your Lawn and Freezing Temperatures

January 15th, 2021

Florida doesn’t experience cold weather very often, so you may not be familiar with the lawn care necessary in the face of freezing temperatures. 

If the low temperatures hitting the Sunshine State have started to impact your St. Augustine lawn,  it’s important to learn how to address. You may have noticed your lawn browning at least a little and reverting into a dormant state. This is all normal for this time of year and to be expected when experiencing the low temperatures we have had recently. Come springtime, your lawn should rebound and begin producing new green growth. But when hard freezes hit, your turfgrass may be injured. If temperatures suddenly fall below 30 degrees Fahrenheit, your lawn may be permanently damaged. The grass may initially appear wilted and then turn to a whitish-grey or brown color. It may mat to the ground and smell putrid.  Read more

Is “Green” Pest Control Really Green?

November 20th, 2020

What does it mean to be green? Kermit would say it is lonely, but we say it is the absolute best approach for anything in your home, from cleaning to pest control. But what does it really mean? Does being green mean that the products are safe for your family? Or does it mean that they are safe for the environment? Or both? It really depends on the individual definition. But for our products, it could be either or both.

Pest control using green organic materials

When a pest control product is green because it is composed of organic matter, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is completely safe for every household. Organic products are green because they break down into harmless compounds through natural decomposition. Some green products, like disathamous earth, are organic but can be dangerous for children and pets when ingested in large amounts. Read more

Types of Year-Round Mosquito Protection and Why You Need Them

November 10th, 2020

Mosquito season really never ends in Florida. Unfortunately, we will deal with some mosquitoes year-round, no matter where you live in the state, but there are some ways that you can reduce mosquitoes in your yard and even your neighborhood. Instead of focusing your efforts only on controlling mosquitoes during outdoor activities and the summer months, you need to take a year-round mosquito reduction and protection program.

Natural mosquito reduction

The first and most important thing you can do to prevent mosquitoes from overrunning your property is through natural reduction. The state of Florida expects all homeowners to do their part to reduce mosquito populations in the neighborhood. Natural mosquito control includes things like: Read more

When Will We Finally Be Free of Mosquitos for the Year?

October 20th, 2020

While most of the country gets to enjoy an abatement from mosquitoes by this time of year, you might still be finding yourself slapping them away while enjoying a social distancing visit at your home in Tampa. When will we finally be rid of them for the year?

Unfortunately, Florida has an extremely long rainy season that usually lasts from about June through October. This rainy season is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes due to the standing water and high temperatures. But even from November to May, it is always over 50 degrees, and there seems to be standing water somewhere attracting them. Read more

No Cat? Here's How You Can Rid Your Home of Rodents

October 10th, 2020

If you’re lucky enough to have a cat, you probably don’t worry much about rodents. But if you are one of the many homeowners who doesn’t have a mouser on staff, you’re going to have to find other ways to rid yourself of rodent infestations. Here are some of the best things that you can do to get rid of mice once and for all.

Determine patterns and make a layout of the house.

This is war, and you need a battle plan. Mice always have patterns that they run in, and once you figure it out you’ll know the best places to put your traps. Drawing out a layout of the house gives you a blank slate to note the patterns that you are tracking. When the time comes to strike, you’ll know when and where. Read more

6 Types of Ants Commonly Found in Florida

September 20th, 2020

Did you know that there are over 10,000 types of ants all over the world? Even though a lot of ants look the same or very similar, they can actually be very different. Florida has a tropical climate that certain ant species like to call home. Here are the six species of ants you are likely to find in Florida.

Fire ants

You really don’t want to play around with fire ants. These biting ants can leave behind a stinging bite mark on the skin that can be uncomfortable at best. Many people are allergic to fire ants. But if you have never encountered them, you won’t know if you have an allergy. It is best to avoid them altogether, and this is one reason you should get a professional to identify and eliminate pests from your home. Read more

Fall Pest Prevention Tips

September 10th, 2020

Even though you may not notice pest infestations until the winter months when they become more obvious, pests actually start trying to enter your home in the fall. In order to protect your family and household from common pests that can affect the cleanliness of your home, follow these prevention tips.

Termites

Termites are a year-round concern in the state of Florida. You really never get a reprieve from these pests. The only way to prevent damage to your home is to use a regular termite prevention treatment. We are able to offer several different solutions depending on your needs. Read more

Common Signs of June Bug Infestation and What to Do

August 20th, 2020

It happens at least once every summer. You’re sitting out on your porch enjoying the cool summer night air, when suddenly something small and roundish smacks your face. Were you hit by your neighbor’s Nerf gun? Nope, it’s just a June bug! June bugs are very annoying because they are drawn to the light and warmth of your home. But even though they are harmless to you and your pets, they can be a danger to your lawn, garden, and trees.

Why Do June Bugs Matter?

June bugs live on vegetation, and they can consume very large amounts. They also breed quickly and can overtake your property in no time at all. The longer the June bugs are on your property and the larger their colony is allowed to swell, the more damage your lawn will sustain. It could be potentially devastating and definitely expensive. Read more

How Large Aggressive Mosquitoes May Decrease Local Mosquito Populations (Psorophora ciliata)

August 10th, 2020

Did you know that the most annoying and aggressive mosquitoes in Florida are actually being used to eliminate other mosquito populations? Here’s why this bizarre mosquito control method can actually work and why the method still needs some work.

What Are Psorophora Ciliata Mosquitos?

These mosquitoes are actually among the most aggressive of those species commonly found in Florida. Most homeowners are quick to take action when these mosquitoes arrive on their property. They are actually better known as gallinippers, and the bites from these huge insects are quite painful. Read more