Grub and Soil Insect Control
This application provides season-long control of turf damaging grubs. White grubs are beetle larvae which feed extensively on turf roots. Often, even before you know they are there, these baby insects are eating the roots of your lawn. This damage can cut your grass off from water and nutrients. Curative treatments are applied August through October (when the grubs are small and feeding vigorously) and are also used on heavy grub infestations. Preventative treatments can be applied April through July, prior to the time that the grub eggs hatch. This application will take care of the grubs as they hatch, not allowing them to mature and begin damaging your lawn. If your lawn has a history of grub damage, schedule a preventative application at least once per year.
Grubs are also a food source for moles, so controlling them will help reduce mole infestations.
Surface Insect Control
Occasionally, bothersome pests such as ants, crickets, and spiders interfere with your enjoyment of your outdoor space. Other times, pests such as billbugs, two-lined spittle bugs, and armyworms disrupt the appearance of your lawn. Surface insecticide applications reduce or eliminate these pests, permit your lawn to heal, and allow you to enjoy being outdoors again.
Flea and Tick Control
Fleas are not only a nuisance to pets and people, but they can also carry diseases. Ticks are well-known carriers of dangerous diseases such as lyme disease and are becoming more prevalent in many areas. By applying a long-residual application, both fleas and ticks can be reduced or eliminated. Applications are made on a 4–6 week cycle, allowing you worry-free use of your outdoors.
Crape Myrtle Bark Scale
Referred to as CMBS, this insect is a new pest that causes great distress for your crape myrtles. Originally a pest of pomegranates in Asia, it was discovered on crape myrtles in the Dallas, Texas area in 2004, and identified in the Memphis area in October 2013. The scale is believed to be spread by birds and it seems to affect certain hybrids or varieties more than others. This pest eats the sap from the plant and produces a sticky waste product called “honeydew” that can cover the plant and everything under the affected crape myrtle. This honeydew is often the food source for the black, sooty mold that covers the plant and everything close by.
Our approach to controlling this black, sooty mold and this pest is to apply a systemic insecticide drench to the soil. The product is picked up by the roots and distributed throughout the plant. By applying in early spring and again early to mid-summer, we are able to control the scale for the entire season. The second treatment also incorporates a fertilization that helps the crapes recover, promotes vigorous new growth and enhances the flowering that crapes famously produce.
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