Lawn Care Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO MOW MY LAWN?

Lawn Mowing Habits

  • Never remove more than a third of the leaf blade in one mowing. Doing so will put additional stress on the turf and will affect growing habits and color.
  • It is best to mow low in the spring and raise the blade as the temperatures warm. This will help lateral growth in the spring to fill in bare spots and protect the soil later in the summer from heat and weed germination. (2.5 – 3.5 inches is suggested for Bermuda and Zoysia lawns. 3.5 – 4.5 on Fescue lawns.)
  • Mow on a normal schedule.
  • Keep blades sharp and change directions of cut. This will give the best results and help keep the turf smooth and consistent.
WHAT TYPE OF WATERING SCHEDULE WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?

Watering Schedules

  • It is best to water in early morning or late afternoon. DO NOT water during mid-afternoon heat.
  • Water less often and for longer periods of time. We recommend two to three times per week at most with a total accumulation between one to two inches. Watering less frequently for longer periods will allow the roots to grow deeper in the soil which will allow for better water consumption and tougher turf.
  • Use a rain gauge for accurate measurement.
HOW DOES RAIN AFFECT MY LAWN TREATMENT?

After it Rains

  • Our products are “rain fast” (ready for rain) within 1 hour after application.
  • Products need water to move through the soil.
  • Some weed killers may be affected by rain.
WHEN SHOULD I EXPECT TO SEE RESULTS FROM MY LAWN TREATMENT?

Time Allowed for Optimal Results

  • In hot weather, results will be faster. Expect 1-3 weeks.
  • In warm weather, results may take 2-4 weeks.
  • In cold weather, results may take up to 6 weeks.
  • fertilizer green-up in 2-3 weeks.

Pest Control Frequently Asked Questions

WHY DO I NEED A PEST CONTROL PROFESSIONAL?

The pest management professional relies on pesticide application as just one part of a total pest management program. The untrained consumer, who purchases a pesticide over-the-counter, can only make an intuitive judgment on how to properly apply the pesticide. However, the pest management professional relies on training, expertise and more sophisticated techniques to manage pests in an environmentally friendly manner.

HOW MUCH DOES PEST CONTROL SERVICE COST?

Because each home is unique in its pest control needs, please call so we can give you an accurate estimate. Many people are surprised at how affordable professional pest service can be.

 

WHAT INSECTS ARE COVERED BY THE GENERAL PEST SERVICE?

Spiders, crickets, ants, roaches, silverfish, and mice are generally covered under routine general pest control service. Fleas, ticks, stinging and other flying insects require different and often difficult treatment strategies and thus are charged accordingly.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE BEFORE I SEE RESULTS?

It depends on the pest and severity of infestation. Generally, you will see a reduction is pest activity immediately after our first visit, in some cases it may take several visits.

HOW LONG WILL THE TREATMENT TAKE?

Different pest problems require different methods and products. Moisture, sanitation and environmental conditions, can all affect how long a treatment may last. Most interior applications can be preformed in less than 1 hour.

ARE THESE PRODUCTS DANGEROUS TO KIDS AND PETS?

All professional pest control products have been registered for use by the EPA. When they are applied according to label instructions by technicians who have been trained and licensed to use them, they pose virtually no risk.

DO I HAVE TO LEAVE MY HOUSE DURING A SERVICE?

No, usually not. However, during certain types of services such as flea and tick treatments, it’s better if all occupants leave the home for a period of time. Our helpful and knowledgeable staff will direct you on the specifications of each treatment.

WHEN YOU COME TO SERVICE MY HOME, WHERE WILL YOU TREAT?

First and foremost, our technician will inspect your property and advise you of their findings as well as a strategic plan for managing the pest problems. From that point, the technician will make applications to the areas where insects live and hide, as well as applying a barrier around the exterior of your home. This usually includes treating the eaves, base of your home, window sills and all entryways into the home. The interior treatment (if you choose our All-Seasons premium service) typically includes treating at the doorways, windows, under cabinets and other areas that insects hide and live.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE SERVICE?

Everybody has a different threshold of acceptance for pests. Some people feel that seeing a single insect (dead or alive) between services is too much. While on the other hand, some feel that a few insects between services are acceptable. Our knowledgeable staff will work with you to design a service to suit your particular needs. For most homes we recommend at least a quarterly service plan.

I KEEP A CLEAN HOUSE. WHY DO I STILL HAVE BUGS?

Typically insects will come inside when outside conditions make it uncomfortable for them or they are simply looking for food and moisture. No matter how clean your home is, pest can and will enter your home in many different ways.

HOW MAY I PAY FOR SERVICE?

Payments may be made several different ways. You can pay with cash or check at time of service, prepay for a time period or we can bill you. We also accept most major credit cards. Additionally, online payments are coming soon.

IF I DON’T SEE ANY PESTS, CAN I SKIP A SERVICE CALL?

No. the reason you are not seeing pests is because you are part of a maintenance program. For us to maintain control, we must perform all of your services

WHAT IF IT RAINS AFTER MY SERVICE?

All of the materials used in our pest management programs are designed for all weather conditions.

I DIDN’T SMELL ANYTHING AFTER YOUR SERVICE TECHNICIAN LEFT.

We only use EPA approved low-odor products.

Termite Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT ARE TERMITES?

Termites are wood-destroying insects. While they play an important role in nature, experts estimate they cause $5 billion of property damage each year.

HOW CAN I TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ANT AND A TERMITE?

There are three ways to distinguish a swarming termite from a swarming ant.

  • Waist: All termites have a “thick waist” where there abdomen is joined to their middle body region (thorax); ants have a “pinched-in waist” at that point.
  • Antennae: All termites have antennae that look like a “string of beads”; but all ants have distinctly “elbowed” antennae”.
  • Wings: Termite swarmers have two pairs of long narrow, wings with very few clearly visible veins, and both the front and back pair are nearly equal in size and length. Winged ants have two pair of wings with several distinct cross veins, shaped long triangles, and the back pair much shorter than the front pair.
WHAT IS A TERMITE SWARM?

A termite swarm occurs when male and female winged termites exit the colony on mating flights to start new colonies. Subterranean termites usually swarm between Late February and early May. While drywood  termites swarm during the summer months.  In both cases, the time of the swarm depends on where you live and the weather. Most people become aware of termites after they swarm inside the home. This means there is a termite infestation in the walls or ceilings. Swarmers emerge from small holes made by worker termites and the swarm will last about 40 minutes.

ARE THERE DIFFERENT KINDS OF TERMITES?

Yes, the three major kinds of termites in the United States are dampwood, drywood and subterranean. Dampwood termites commonly live in heavily forested areas of the country as they prefer wet wood; while, drywood termites, much more rare in the United States, prefer extremely dry wood. Subterranean termites require moist environments, live mainly in the soil and are the most destructive species.

HOW DO YOU RECOGNIZE TERMITES?

Depending on your geographical location, termite swarms should be visible in the early spring. Termite swarms can be confused with flying ants. Telltale signs of termite infestation include soft wood in the home, mud tubes in the interior or exterior of your home (often near the foundation), and darkening or blistering of wood structures.

HOW MUCH DAMAGE DO TERMITES CAUSE?

Termites work 24/7 to damage the wood in and around a structure. And, while they cause $5 billion in damage each year, there is no reason to think that termites cannot be controlled.

WHEN DOES A HOMEOWNER SEE TERMITES?

Termites swarm in the early spring, late February thru early May.

WHAT CAN A HOMEOWNER DO TO HELP PREVENT TERMITES?

The most important thing is to remove the conditions termites need to survive. Termites love moisture; avoid moisture accumulation around the foundation of your home. Prevent termites by diverting water away with properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks. Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation. Prevent shrubs, vines and other vegetation from growing over and covering vents. Be sure to remove old form boards, grade stakes, etc., left in place after the building was constructed. Remove old tree stumps and roots around and beneath the building. Most importantly, eliminate any wood contact with the soil. An 18-inch gap between the soil and wood portions of the building is ideal. It doesn’t hurt to routinely inspect the foundation of your home for signs of termite damage.

 

HOW ARE TERMITES CONTROLLED?

A pest control professional will come in and treat the problem so that you can live comfortably in your home.

 

WHAT IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE TYPE OF TERMITE TREATMENT?

The National Pest Management Association and the entire industry are committed to providing highly effective treatment options for all pest issues. The most effective type of treatment depends upon the severity of the infestation, the species of termite, and the location and construction of the home or building. A trained and licensed pest control professional can assess each infestation separately and recommend a rigorous treatment plan that will effectively control the termite population.

 

HOW DIFFICULT ARE TERMITES TO TREAT?

Termites are nearly impossible for homeowners to treat on their own. On the other hand, pest control professionals have the training, expertise and technology to eliminate termite infestations.

I DON’T SEE TERMITES AROUND MY HOME, DOES THAT MEAN I DON’T HAVE A TERMITE PROBLEM?

Unfortunately, no! In fact, you may never actually see subterranean termites because they live in the ground. But they can enter homes through cracks and openings as narrow as 1/64th of an inch, about the thickness of a piece of paper. Termites can also enter through expansion joints in the slab, around plumbing pipes and behind stucco, siding and brick veneer. Once introduced into the wood inside your home, termites can cause enormous amounts of damage before you ever know they are there. That is because they eat wood from the inside out making them extremely difficult to detect. The vast majority of their destructive work is invisible.

I LIVE IN AN ALL BRICK HOME, DO I NEED TO WORRY ABOUT TERMITES?

Termites can attack any home because they get in through tiny cracks and crevices located in, under and around your home. Then they seek out the wood or cellulose products inside the walls, attic and other areas of your home. The subterranean termite gets in underneath the home through tiny cracks in your home’s slab and foundation.

HOW MUCH DOES A TERMITE TREATMENT COST?

The amount varies considerably, depending on where you live, the construction of your home, and the severity of the infestation.

ARE THESE PRODUCTS SAFE TO KIDS AND PETS?

All professional pest control products have been registered for use by the EPA. When they are applied according to label instructions by technicians who have been trained and licensed to use them, they pose virtually no risk.

 

WHY SHOULD SOMEONE HIRE A PROFESSIONAL INSTEAD OF ATTEMPTING TO CONTROL THEIR PEST PROBLEMS BY THEMSELVES?

Just as you wouldn’t prescribe medicine for yourself or drill your own cavities – you shouldn’t attempt to control termites – or other pests — on your own. The products and the expertise offered by professional pest control far surpasses what a homeowner could do on their own. Leave it up to the experts for peace of mind. Why risk it?

 

WHAT KIND OF TERMITES CAN I EXPECT IN THE MEMPHIS AREA?

In the Memphis and the mid-south we rarely see drywoods or damp wood termites. Generally speaking most termite infestations in this area will be subterranean termite infestations.