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The Benefits of Organic Pest Control

September 20th, 2021

Organic is a buzzword that’s been the subject of much scrutiny lately. Everything is marketed as organic these days, from our food to our skincare products and even our clothes! 

Many people like the idea of products that are cleaner, safer, and not saturated with carcinogenic chemicals. We’ve seen the benefits a clean, organic diet can have on the body. Now, it’s time to see what an organic pest control program can do for your home.

Organic pest control simply implies using naturally derived methods to eliminate existing insects and prevent their return. Common ingredients used in organic pest control products include rosemary, diatomaceous earth, and boric acid. There are many benefits of using these instead of man-made synthetic chemicals.

 

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Signs You May Have a Rat Infestation

September 10th, 2021

Not many things invoke feelings of disgust like the thought of a rat infestation. Rats can have devastating effects on your home, with much of the damage hidden away behind walls and under floors.

If you live in Tampa Bay and see any of the following signs of a rat infestation, contact Green Solutions Lawn Care & Pest Control to schedule a comprehensive inspection of your property as soon as possible:

 

  • Rat droppings

 

This is the sign that most homeowners notice first. Small, oval-shaped pellets will start showing up in cabinets, drawers, and pantries. These pellets are often accompanied by the smell of rat urine. Read more

Everything You Need To Know About Ticks

August 20th, 2021

TicksTicks are small, parasitic creatures that bite thousands of people in the United States each year. Most of those bites are annoying but harmless. Occasionally, however, a tick bite can lead to a deadly infection or disease. Refer to this quick guide for everything you need to know about tick bites and how to deal with them. To take ticks out of the equation altogether, ask us about our flea and tick control services.

 

  • What are ticks?

Ticks are tiny, parasitic arachnids that are closely related to spiders. Ticks are usually found in areas of heavy vegetation. Ticks survive by burying their heads into their victim’s skin and sucking their blood. As a tick sucks up the blood, it grows in size. Once a tick reaches full capacity, it will detach itself from the host.

 

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How to Tell If Your Lawn is Unhealthy

August 10th, 2021

Lawn is UnhealthyYour lawn is your home’s calling card, so you always want it to look its best. Lawn problems left unremedied can spread quickly and leave you with brown, dry, and unattractive curb appeal. Learn the signs of an unhealthy lawn so you can get ahead of any issues as soon as they start.

 

  • Brown, dull color

Healthy grass should be vibrantly colored, with a rich bluish-green hue. A change in color of your grass is the first sign of many lawn issues, including too much sun exposure, inadequate watering, lawn diseases, or pest infiltration. If you notice the sheen on your lawn giving way to brown, dead spots, identify the problem immediately. Action is critical before it takes over your entire lawn.

 

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What You Need to Know About Mosquito Season in Florida

July 20th, 2021

Mosquito Season in FloridaThe most important thing to know about mosquito season in Florida is that it never ends! Temperatures here stay warm enough, especially in central and southern Florida, that mosquitos always have the ideal conditions to thrive. In addition to temps over 50°F, mosquitos like areas with:

•  Standing water.

•  Decomposing organic matter.

•  Dark colors.

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How Often Should I Water My Lawn

July 10th, 2021

Water My LawnA well-watered lawn is a healthy lawn. Whether you are starting with bare soil or taking over caring for an already established lawn, proper watering is a critical component of all lawn care programs. There are many variables to consider when planning when and how much to water your lawn, including:

  • Type of grass

Not all grass is the same. To properly care for your lawn, you need to know what type of grass you have. Popular varieties here in Florida include: Read more

The 8 Most Common Summer Pests in Florida

June 20th, 2021

Bugs are a constant issue here in Florida due to our warm, sunny, and moist weather. It creates a perfect environment for bugs to flourish, and flourish they do! If you live in Florida, you’re almost guaranteed to make contact with one of the following at some point:  Mosquitoes  You haven’t been to Florida until you’ve seen a mosquito big enough to carry you away. Not only are these blood-suckers creepy, but they also carry bloodborne diseases that are dangerous to you and your pets.  Bed bugs  Bed bugs tend to be a bigger problem in the hot summer months, likely due to an increase in tourists and “snowbirds” in the state. These blood-sucking critters come out at night to feed and easily hitch rides on luggage and clothing, meaning they spread quickly. They are notoriously hard to get rid of and may cause you to lose many belongings in the process.  Termites  Termites are every homeowner’s nightmare. They dig their colonies right into the wooden frame of your home, compromising its structural integrity. They also leave nasty little fecal pellets everywhere, a tell-tale sign of their presence. Unaddressed, termites can destroy your home.  Chinch bugs  Chinch bugs will cause spots on your lawn to turn yellow and then brown before they die off completely. They mostly affect hot, dry, sunny areas and like to live near driveways and asphalt. Chinch bugs have even been known to damage driveways with their razor-sharp beaks in severe cases.  Fire ants  No summer in the South is complete without at least 10 fire ant bites. These vicious little guys seem to be everywhere and will make moves to enter your home in search of food and water if you are not careful. Their bites are painful and can even be deadly if they swarm a small pet or young child.  Spiders  Spiders are the creepy-crawlies that some people fear the most, and with good reason! Many types of spiders here in Florida can be fatal, including the black widow and the brown recluse. The bite of a Black Widow is 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake’s, making them the most venomous spider in America. Brown recluse spiders love to hide away from humans, but if threatened, will deliver a bite that rots away human flesh.  Whiteflies  If you start noticing the plants around your yard slowly dying off with white swirls on the bottom of the leaves, you probably have a whitefly infestation. These flies are the size of a small moth, have a white, waxy substance covering their body and wings, and love to lay eggs on the bottom side of leafy plants, making them hard to find at first.  Palmetto bugs  While the name makes them sound exotic and interesting, these are really just big cockroaches. Also known in some places as “water bugs”, these gross creatures spread filth and disease. They’re becoming a huge problem in Florida due to our ideal climate and abundance of food resources.  If bugs have moved into your Tampa Bay area home and you don’t know what to do, call the experts at Green Solutions Lawn Care & Pest Control. We can develop an affordable pest control plan for your home that keeps the critters at bay all year long!Bugs are a constant issue here in Florida due to our warm, sunny, and moist weather. It creates a perfect environment for bugs to flourish, and flourish they do! If you live in Florida, you’re almost guaranteed to make contact with one of the following at some point:

  • Mosquitoes

You haven’t been to Florida until you’ve seen a mosquito big enough to carry you away. Not only are these blood-suckers creepy, but they also carry bloodborne diseases that are dangerous to you and your pets. Read more

Summer Lawn Care Tips

June 10th, 2021

summer lawnSummer lawn care here in Florida is unique and sometimes difficult. The extreme heat and periods of drought can affect even the toughest plants. What’s more, many counties, cities, towns, and even HOA’s have water restriction programs in place that you must consider when caring for your lawn. At Green Solutions Lawn Care & Pest Control, our smart lawn care plans will have your lawn luscious green all summer while conserving resources and following all regulations. If you still want to tackle it yourself, here are some of our best tips:

  • Know and follow all watering restrictions.

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Biological Vs. Chemical Pest Control

April 20th, 2021

When pests threaten the safety and comfort of your home, professional pest control becomes an immediate necessity. There are many different forms of pest control, including biological and chemical. Depending on your home structure, family situation, and personal preferences, you may choose one over the other for ongoing pest management. 

What Is Chemical Pest Control?

Chemical pest control uses man-made chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides to eliminate, kill, and prevent pest infestations in and around your home. This is a relatively inexpensive method of pest control that needs to be reapplied seasonally for best results.  Read more

Everything You Need To Know About Cockroaches

April 10th, 2021

Cockroaches are some of the most hated pests by homeowners. Just the word “cockroaches” inspires most people to squirm. Unfortunately, cockroaches aren’t just unappealing; they pose major allergy and asthma risks due to their saliva, droppings, and skin shedding. Here’s what you need to know about cockroaches and the best way to eliminate them from your home permanently. 

What Are Cockroaches?

Cockroaches are resourceful insects that search for warm, dry habitats by sneaking into your home. Light fixtures, picture frames, sewer drains, cabinets, and dark crevices are their favorite places to hide. They contaminate any food that they come in contact with, which makes it all the more pressing to call a pest control company as soon as you spot a cockroach scuttling across the floor.  Read more