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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

Best Treatments in Controlling Lawn Pests

February 20th, 2021

Your lawn defines the curb appeal of your home and plays a major role in the first impression your property creates. You want beautiful, green grass, but bugs and pests often make that difficult to achieve. 

By learning to recognize common Florida bugs and familiarizing yourself with the best treatment options available, you can take back power over your yard and enjoy your view.

The Chinch Bug

Is your grass turning yellow or reddish-brown? If so, it could be under attack by chinch bugs. These incredibly tiny bugs -- they only measure about ⅕” long with black bodies and white wings across their backs -- are difficult to spot, but the damage they cause is obvious.  Read more

Identifying Termites in Florida and How To Prevent Them

February 10th, 2021

Termites are also known as “silent destroyers” and for good reason. They can thrive undetected in your home, consuming wood and other plant materials, for months or years. Since termites don’t cause immediate signs of damage, they can cause extensive damage to home foundations, furniture, shelves, books, and even trees.

This is why it’s so important to identify termites and learn how to prevent them with the help of professional pest control. 

About Termites in Florida

One single colony of termites can hold more than one million termites. These highly destructive insects are capable of causing thousands of dollars in damage to your home or business.  Read more

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